UPO Foster Grandparents (FGPs) annually give over 180,000 volunteer hours, serving over 15,000 social economically disadvantaged children at 60 volunteer sites in Washington, DC including Early Head Start/Head Start centers, Elementary Schools and Children's Hospitals. Volunteers engage in tutoring, mentoring, social emotional support and assisting students in learning programs in cooperation with school systems. Proven outcomes are improved school readiness and K-12 success.
UPO's FGPs provide critical mentoring and tutoring services daily to DC children from birth to 21 years of age in a variety of local settings. Help is needed to cover the cost of training, materials, uniforms, and daily travel for more than 200 low-income DC senior volunteer FGPs. In addition we have a waiting list of 100 seniors to be FGPs, 10 educational institutions seeking to join the program and every current partnering volunteer site has requested additional FGPs.
Your generous support of the UPO FGPs Program, to help us meet our project goal of $11,500, will ensure that the cost of training, materials, uniforms, and daily travel reimbursement will be fully funded. In time UPO will be able to increase the number of volunteers serving as Foster Grandparents with existing partners and provide service to additional educational institutions, thus increasing the number of DC's socioeconomically disadvantaged children we serve.
This program improves the long-term health and well-being of senior volunteers and circulates seventy cents of every program dollar into the local low-income DC communities that our volunteers and students reside. With a mission to Unite People with Opportunities, UPO's Foster Grandparents offer the right mix of academic acumen and nurturing and give much needed attention to over 15,000 low-income children in Washington, DC who so richly deserve it.