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  • February 7, 2017

The Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent Program offers volunteer opportunities to low-income seniors who wish to remain active in their communities by providing one-to-one assistance to children in elementary schools, Head Start Centers and day care centers throughout Suffolk County. Our goal is to make a difference in the life of a child while at the same time enriching the life of the senior. The children served through the Foster Grandparent Program have been identified by their teacher as having special needs and include students who may have learning difficulties, who speak English as a second language, or who may be struggling with emotional challenges.  Foster Grandparents assist children by tutoring in reading or math, helping with the completion of class assignments, providing emotional support, and helping a child to remain focused in class. With the individualized attention of a Foster Grandparent, many students overcome theirchallenges and succeed in school.

Federation of Organizations has served as the sponsoring agency of the Foster Grandparent Program in Suffolk County since 1977.

Some Benefits of Volunteering in the Foster Grandparent Program:

•Satisfaction of helping others who truly need it
•Enjoy peer socialization and support
•The opportunity to make new friends
•Monthly in-service trainings provided
•Receive a tax-free stipend
•Paid vacation and sick leave
•Receive a transportation and meal allowance
•Recognition Luncheon

Eligibility 

Applicants must be aged 55+, income eligible to receive stipend, able to pass a background check, in good health, motivated, enthusiastic, have a desire to work with children.

Click here to apply to be a Foster Grandparent Volunteer

Click here for our 2016 Foster Grandparent Locations

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering or learning more about the program, please contact the Foster Grandparent Program at (631) 321-8229 Ext. 1224

The Senior Companion Program

Senior Companion volunteers help other adults live fuller, more independent lives. This remarkable program pairs healthy older individuals with seniors who are frail, homebound, or isolated. Companions offer friendship and support as they help their recipients remain in their own homes and live independently. Additionally, friendly visits from a Senior Companion help families have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are in good company and are safe. Senior companions provide friendly visits and socialization; help with preparing light meals, medication reminders, light household duties, accompaniment on occasional outings and errands, and connecting the recipient to additional resources.

Federation of Organizations has been the sponsoring agency for the Senior Companion Program in Suffolk County since 2002.

Some Benefits of Volunteering in the Senior Companion Program 

•Satisfaction of helping others who truly need it
•Enjoy peer socialization and support
•The opportunity to make new friends
•Monthly in-service trainings
•Tax-free stipends
•Paid vacation and sick leave
•Transportation and meal allowance
•Recognition Luncheon

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be aged 55+, income eligible to receive stipend, in good health, able to pass a background check, motivated, enthusiastic, have a desire to help others. No background in health care needed.

Click here to apply to be a Senior Companion Volunteer

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer or learning more, please contact the Senior Companion Program at (631) 321-8229 Ext. 1224

Suffolk County Respite Care Program

The Suffolk County Respite Care program allows caregivers to take a well-deserved break from the emotional and physical stressors of daily care giving.  With the assistance of the respite care program, caregivers are able to take time to tend to their own personal needs, and have peace of mind knowing that their loved one is safe and secure in the comforts of their own home.

We are dedicated to providing assistance and support to those caring for family members, friends or loved ones throughout Suffolk County. This program is funded by the Suffolk County Office for Aging and NYS Office for Aging.

Respite Care Services Provide:

•A companionship level of care and support
•Socialization & recreational activities
•Relief to the caregiver in comfort of their own home
•Preparing and serving light meals / light housekeeping
•Attention to overall well-being of the client
•Hourly fee based on sliding scale

If you would like more information about the Suffolk County Respite Care Program, please call (631) 321-8229 Ext. 1229.