Beverly Prescott of Larned and Sr. Patricia Martinez of Great Bend were honored for their service as Foster Grandparent volunteers at the November In-service and Holiday Luncheon held at Cedar Park Place in Great Bend on Nov. 17th.
Sr. Patricia has served as a Foster Grandparent volunteer for four years with the Washington School Head Start in Great Bend; Prescott serves at Golden Rule Preschool in Larned. She was recognized for seven years as a Foster Grandparent volunteer and also for seven years with the Senior Companion Program, serving adults with special needs to enable them to remain independently in their homes.
Foster Grandparents are persons 55 and better who make a commitment of time to share with children needing one-on-one attention and support. The Program engages seniors who wish to share their time and talents and who make a commitment to helping children in schools, day care centers, Head Start Centers and other child-focused agencies. They read to children, help with homework, serve as a positive role model for children needing guidance and attention.
Senior Companions make a commitment of time helping frail and homebound elderly. They assist with light chores, help with transportation to appointments, grocery shopping and errands. They may provide respite care to family caregivers. There is no cost to those needing the services.
Those who meet certain age and income guidelines receive a tax-free stipend for their time as well as other benefits which include a travel allowance, paid training, vacation, sick leave and holidays as well as accident and liability insurance. All volunteers are subject to criminal history background checks as well.
The Programs are sponsored by Fort Hays State University and funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service, Washington, DC. For information about these Senior Corps Programs, call 785-628-5809.