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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

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.


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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,

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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

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United Planning Organization

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Mervyn Myers
Washington, DC United States
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