Media Release

Foster Grandparent Program Celebrates 50 Years

Thursday, October 15, 2015 1:45 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Since 1965, Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) volunteers have made a difference in classrooms across the country as tutors, mentors, and friends. The Alachua County Commission has provided the support and needed matching funds to keep the local program going for over 40 years.

FGP allows volunteers age 55 and over to not only help kids, but also to help themselves by staying active and engaged in their communities. During 2014-2015, 106 FGP volunteers provided 84,623 hours of individualized assistance to over 400 children at 35 different host sites. Alachua County FGP partners include Alachua County Public Schools, Early Learning Coalition, City of Gainesville Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, and Girls Place, Inc. Volunteers have helped students achieve significant improvement in the areas of reading, math, and social development.

According to one teacher, “I'm so very pleased with the improvements that have been made in my two students. They have learned and met goals that were created for them. The special one-on-one time that Grandma displays with the students has really helped them academically, physically, and mentally. Her service and time is appreciated. Thank you!”

Watch a short video about the FGP 50th Anniversary.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Foster Grandparent Program at 352-264-6731.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).