ALACHUA COUNTY - Alachua County's Foster Grandparent Program will recognize its volunteers at a luncheon on Friday, December 8 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville. Storm Roberts of WKTK will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Winners in the essay contest sponsored by the Foster Grandparent Advisory Council will read their essays about their Foster Grandparents.
Entertainment will be provided by Floridance.
The luncheon is by invitation only, however the media is invited to cover it.
The Foster Grandparent Program was established in Alachua County in 1973. It is part of the Corporation for National & Community Service and is sponsored locally by the Board of County Commissioners.
Volunteers serve throughout the County in day care centers, elementary schools, the Boys and Girls Clubs, special education centers and other sites.
In exchange for their service, the volunteers receive a tax-free stipend of $2.65 per hour, meals, assistance with transportation and supplemental insurance.
The program is accepting applications for new volunteers, especially to serve in local foster homes, a new project for the program. Applicants must be Alachua County residents age 60 or over. They must be in relatively good health, enjoy working with children and meet federal income guidelines.
For more information and an application, please contact the Foster Grandparent Program Office at (352) 264-6757.