Apply to Join

Support UPO's Foster Grandparents Program

by United Planning Organization
Support UPO's Foster Grandparents Program
Support UPO's Foster Grandparents Program
Support UPO's Foster Grandparents Program
Support UPO's Foster Grandparents Program
UPO Foster Grandparent at DC Elementary School
UPO Foster Grandparent at DC Elementary School

Established in 1965, UPO’s Foster Grandparent Program trains low-income seniors with caring spirits to provide critical mentoring and support to Washington DC children in a variety of local settings. The Foster Grandparent Program provides fulfilling volunteer service opportunities for individuals 55 years and older. This program is an opportunity for seniors to give back by sharing their experience and wisdom with children who value and cherish the lessons. This program operates at 50 locations in the District of Columbia and includes early education centers, public and charter schools, before and after-school programs, as well as youth programs. Each year, more than 200 Foster Grandparents put in more than 175,000 volunteer service hours, serving more than 15,000 social economically disadvantaged children. – working one-on-one or in small groups. Foster Grandparents serve where the need is the greatest and because of this, our youth receive tremendous academic benefits alongside life-changing personal development.

Hear some of the accolades about how much they enjoy their work from two of UPO’s Foster Grandparent Superstars:

“As part of UPO’s Foster Grandparent program, I’m a volunteer at Malcom X Elementary School. I help classroom teachers with the daily lessons and I read to the children. I haven’t missed a day since I started years ago. I love going every day to hear the children say “Mama, help me with my work.” It’s overwhelming. Sometimes I get so full I want to cry. But I’m just happy that I’m able to do something and give something back to our children.” see attached picture

“UPO has given me an opportunity to work with young people. And, since working with UPO’s Foster Grandparents, I have worked with DC youth from different parts of the city. I enjoy what I do. UPO offers many locations to volunteer as a Foster Grandparent. I like my location. I’m at Job Corps. My role gives me the opportunity to give something back to the youth.” see attached picture

Every current partnering volunteer site has requested additional Foster Grandparents and 10 additional educational institutions are seeking to join the UPO Foster Grandparents program. UPO has a waiting list of 100 seniors applying to be Foster Grand Parents and desperately needs additional funding to meet the demand.

We sincerely thank you for your generous donations to-date, however we need substantially expanded support to reach our Goal of $11,500. Please help our program grow! Please help our Foster Grandparent volunteers and the children that they serve! You can do so with the click of a button by sharing this report with your friends and family by email and on Social Media.

UPO Foster Grandparent at Job Corps.
UPO Foster Grandparent at Job Corps.
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
UPO Foster Grandparents with Mayor Muriel Bowser
UPO Foster Grandparents with Mayor Muriel Bowser

United Planning Organization’s Foster Grandparent program was honored by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser during the Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National and Community Service. The Foster Grandparent Program provides fulfilling volunteer service opportunities for individuals 55 years and older. This program is an opportunity for seniors to give back by sharing their experience and wisdom with children who value and cherish the lessons. This program operates at 48 locations in the District of Columbia and includes early education centers, public and charter schools, before and after-school programs, as well as youth programs. We are proud of the commitment and service offered by our grandparents and thrilled to receive recognition from our Mayor. See attached photo.

Several months ago more than 5,000 women gathered in DC for the United State of Women Summit! The day-long event, held at the Convention Center, was followed by a Day or Service which offered UPO’s Foster Grandparents an opportunity to participate at Excel Academy Public Charter School.

Alongside Summit attendees, the UPO Foster Grandparents prepared summer enrichment backpacks and helped the students create vision boards based on the Summit’s pillars. Students in grades 3 – 7 were provided with two summer reading books from the academy’s suggested reading list, art project materials and a special note from First Lady Michelle Obama! Next, students in grades 5 – 7 participated in a vision board mentoring activity. Attendees of the Summit engaged the students in conversation on topics discussed at the Summit. After the attendees shared lessons from the Summit, the students created vision boards to display how the topics applied to them and shared lessons they wanted to remember. Summit pillars discussed included: Economic Empowerment, Educational Opportunity, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Health and Wellness and Leadership and Civic Engagement. See attached photos of Women Summit activities.

UPO’s mission is to Unite People with Opportunities. UPO's Foster Grandparents program provides meaningful volunteer opportunities for persons aged 55 and older to engage in daily activities and provide services to children from birth to 21 years of age, to support them on their path to become self- sufficient members of the community. Annually UPO Foster Grandparents provide more than 150,000 volunteer hours serving more than 15,000 socioeconomically disadvantaged children.

Ten additional educational institutions are seeking to join the UPO Foster Grandparents program. Furthermore every current partnering volunteer site has requested additional Foster Grandparents. UPO has a waiting list of 100 seniors applying to be Foster Grand Parents. Additional funding is needed to meet the demand. Thank you for your support to-date. We need substantially expanded support to reach our Goal of $11,500. You have demonstrated that you care. Please help by sharing this report with your friends by email and on Social Media.

Book display at Women Summit
Book display at Women Summit
Vision Board at Women Summit
Vision Board at Women Summit
Vision Board at Women Summit
Vision Board at Women Summit
Inter-action with participants at Women Summit
Inter-action with participants at Women Summit
Inter-action with participants at Women Summit
Inter-action with participants at Women Summit
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

During the period 7/1/15 – 6/30/16 197 UPO Foster Grandparents (FGPs), aged from 55-107, gave 174,348 volunteer hours, valued at $2,700,000,serving over 15,342 social economically disadvantaged children at 48 volunteer sites in DC; mentoring Youth, Elementary Kids, Early Childhood Children and Hospital Patients. Proven outcomes were improved school readiness and K-12 success.

Foster Grandparents  range in age from 55 to 107! Their wealth of experience and knowledge is productively utilized to facilitate educational achievement among DC’s youngest socioeconomically disadvantaged residents. Volunteers engage in tutoring, mentoring, social emotional support and assisting students in learning programs in cooperation with school systems. Being active as a Foster Grandparent improves the long-term health and well-being of senior volunteers.

An interesting phenomenon is that several Foster Grandparent intergenerational family volunteers are active in the program. Grandma Virginia McLaurin (age 107) and her granddaughter Grandma Carolyn Streater (age 62) both serve as UPO FGPs! Grandma Dorothy Simpson (age 87) and her son Grandpa James Simpson (70) both serve as UPO FGPs.

Since July 1, 2016 UPO FGPs program has obtained sufficient additional funding to place 35 new Foster Grandparents! UPO FGPs worked with children in day care at the Washington Highland Parents Focus Group Project in August, 2016 and on Saturday, October 22, 2016 UPO FGPs served at the East of the River Book Festival - at Rocketship Rise Academy. They assisted children with reading, meeting authors and crafts.

More information about the UPO FGPs program statistics in FY 2015-16, more details about the Foster Grandparent intergenerational family volunteers that are active in the program and the special programs at Washington Highlands and Rocketship Rise Academy, supported by charts and pictures can be viewed in the attached PDF UPO Foster Grandparents Highlights.

UPO’s mission is to Unite People with Opportunities. UPO's Foster Grandparents program provides meaningful volunteer opportunities for persons aged 55 and older to engage in daily activities and provide services to children from birth to 21 years of age, to support them on their path to become self- sufficient members of the community. UPO has a waiting list of 100 seniors applying to be Foster Grand Parents and 10 educational institutions seeking to join the program.  Additionally every current partnering volunteer site has requested additional Foster Grandparents.

Thank you for your support to-date. We need substantially expanded support to reach our Goal of $11,500. You have demonstrated that you care. Please help by sharing this report with your friends by email and on Social Media.


Attachments: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

UPO Foster Grandparents annually give over 182,000 volunteer hours, serving over 8,000 social economically disadvantaged children at 51 volunteer sites including Early Head Start/Head Start centers, Elementary Schools and Children’s Hospitals.

Foster Grandparents range in age from 55 to 107! Their wealth of experience and knowledge is productively utilized to facilitate educational achievement among DC’s youngest socioeconomically disadvantaged residents. 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.

This program seeks to improve the long-term health and well-being of senior volunteers and circulates seventy cents of every program dollar into the local low-income communities that our volunteers and students reside.

With a Mission to Unite People with Opportunities, UPO's Foster Grandparents program provides meaningful volunteer opportunities for persons aged 55 and older to engage in daily activities and provide services to children from birth to 21 years of age, to support them on their path to become self- sufficient members of the community.

Meet some of our Foster Grandparents:

View the attached PDF: Revisit with “America’s Grandma” our senior Foster Grand Parent Virginia McLaurin, now a 107 years old, who you see dancing with the President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama on our Project page and also meet three other dedicated Foster Grandparents.

View the attached NBC news report: Learn More about Foster Grandparents – Making a Difference

Thank you for supporting UPO’s Foster Grandparents Program.

UPO has a waiting list of 100 seniors applying to be Foster Grand Parents and 10 educational institutions seeking to join the program. Additionally every current partnering volunteer site has requested additional Foster Grandparents. We need more support to reach our Goal of $11,500. Please help by sharing this report with your friends on Social Media,

Links:


Attachments: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Foster Grandparents (FGP) was developed as a War on Poverty Program in 1962. The program sought to bring the wealth of knowledge and patience of low-income seniors into educational settings.  The UPO FGP’s battlefield is in Head Start and early education classrooms, public and public charter elementary schools, youth programs and hospitals.  The UPO Foster Grandparent Program highlights the many small victories won by volunteers in inner city classrooms in the war to break the cycle of poverty through education. The UPO FGP Program daily sends its troops of more than 200 low-income seniors onto the battlefield.  They arrive by bus, subway, car and foot at 51 locations within the lowest income areas of the city.  These Foster Grandparents arrive with the most powerful weapon available – LOVE.

The UPO Foster Grandparent Program, under the dynamic leadership of Ms. Cheryl Christmas has announced that during the period July 1, 2015 to May 15, 2016:

  • 200 seniors served as Foster Grand Parents

 

    • UPO provided each and every volunteer with 50 hours of training
    • an average of 150 FGP monthly provided 13,300 hours of mentoring to 3,700 students
    • Received the 2016 DC Mayor’s Award for Senior Service
  • Partnering with The United State of Women Summit to provide summer studies book bags for 327 students at the Excel Charter School DC’s only all girls STEM elementary school
  • In partnership with the National Association of Foster Grandparents Programs donated 900 books to DC public and public charter schools

 

On June 15th, GlobalGiving.org will be holding a Rewards Bonus Day with $110,000 available in matching funds. UPO will be eligible to receive a 50% match on online donations made between 9:00:01am EDT and 23:59:59pm EDT on June 15th There will also be two $1,000 Bonus Prizes that will be awarded to the projects with the highest number of donors and the most funds raised on Bonus Day.

The UPO has a waiting list of 100 seniors applying to be Foster Grand Parents and 10 educational institutions seeking to join the program.  Additionally every current partnering volunteer site has requested additional Foster Grandparents. Your generous Support of UPO’s Foster Grandparents Program on Rewards Bonus Day will enable UPO to cover the cost of training, materials, uniforms, and daily travel reimbursement to increase the number of FGP to meet the demand for services. The rewards are great! 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.

Book Presentation
Book Presentation
2016 DC Mayors Award for Senior Service
2016 DC Mayors Award for Senior Service

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

United Planning Organization

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @UPOinDC
Project Leader:
Mervyn Myers
Washington, DC United States
$7,358 raised of $11,500 goal
 
121 donations
$4,142 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

United Planning Organization has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:
Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.