Foster Grandparents

United Ways of Iowa has recently taken on funding for another national service program: Foster Grandarents. Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with special and exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities. Volunteers typically serve in schools, day cares, or community centers. United Ways of Iowa Foster Grandparents supports programs in the counties of Polk, Boone, Dallas, Marshall, Story, Dubuque, Jackson, Delaware, Linn and Johnson, Iowa. 

There are perks to being a Foster Grandparent, too! Foster Grandparents my be eligible for a tax-free stipend to supplement income, as well as provided transportation or travel reimbursement. Free meals are provided on site. No background in education necessary! Being a Foster Grandparent is rewarding for everyone involved. One review on our Facebook page says, "This is a wonderful opportunity to help children grow and become a success in brings a real joy to my life."  To visit us on Facebook, visit

To contact your local program coordinator and apply, or to request more information please visit our Staff page.
For more information about Foster Grandparents, click here.