How to be a grandparent to a kid who needs one

Here’s a beautiful video about the national Foster Grandparent program, which matches volunteers ages 55 and over with children who need a tutor, a mentor, or both.

Many foster grandparents are assigned to public schools, where they serve as teacher’s aides; others report to daycare centers, hospitals, and juvenile jails. Volunteers commit to working 15 to 40 hours per week.

The program was founded in 1965 and is run by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency.

There are about 25,000 foster grandparent volunteers helping about 189,000 children nationwide, according to Samantha Jo Warfield, a spokeswoman for the agency.

Want to serve?

“All you need to join is the ability to give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future,” according to the agency’s website.

You can call or email your state’s National Service office to locate the Foster Grandparent program closest to you.

Volunteers with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level receive a small stipend.