Penquis Foster Grandparent Program
Counties served: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc , Somerset , Waldo, Washington, and the town of Brunswick.
Primary Contact: Maria Staples, Program Director
Penquis Community Action Program
262 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401
phone: (207) 207-973-3611
web site: www.penquis.org
The Foster Grandparent Program places volunteers 55 years of age or older in public or nonprofit settings such as schools, Head Start centers, correctional institutions, and child care centers, to serve as tutors and mentors to children and youth with special needs. Among other activities, they review schoolwork, reinforce values, teach skills and care for infants and children with disabilities. Volunteers serve an average of 15-36 hours per week. Benefits include a non-taxable stipend, mileage, paid time off, training, supervision and recognition. Help to mobilize one of Maine's greatest resources - its seniors - to prepare our children and youth to be successful students and responsible citizens.