BUFFALO, NY, May 14, 2014 - In celebration of Senior Corps Week, May 19-23, Catholic Charities thanks and recognizes its 87 volunteers in its Foster Grandparent Program. Senior Corps Week, developed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, spotlights the impact of Senior Corps volunteers on their communities.
Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program is a program of Service Corps, which is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
In 2013, Catholic Charities' Foster Grandparents dedicated nearly 96,850 hours in 31 educational settings in Erie County, including 15 Buffalo Public Schools and multiple Head Start sites.
Carol Smith, a Foster Grandparent serving at Buffalo Public School #30, Frank Sedita Elementary School, said that the program has taught her to "continue to do good for others and to keep hope alive."
"The kids are really receptive through positive reinforcement, and they see that through me," Smith added. "I've been working with children for many years and [my experiences] show me that what I've been doing is right."
Susan Seawood, Foster Grandparent Program leader, acknowledged the significance of the work of the volunteers.
"Our Foster Grandparents put forth a great amount of time and effort that results in relationships that touch children's lives and provide that loving adult relationship that so many at-risk children and youth crave," said Seawood. "Both the Foster Grandparent and the child are forever changed. I am so proud to work with this committed, engaged and caring group of adults."
Catholic Charities is especially seeking residents of Buffalo's south and west sides who are income eligible to consider serving as Foster Grandparents. Volunteers receive an orientation and monthly trainings to equip them with the skills needed to help students. They also receive a stipend, accident and liability insurance, and travel reimbursement.
There is also a need for educational settings, such as schools and other learning centers, in which Foster Grandparents can serve children.
For more information about volunteering for the program or hosting Foster Grandparents in an educational setting, please call (716) 896-6388, ext. 216, or visit www.ccwny.org.
For 90 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assess its clients for other needs to ensure long-term success. It is the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York. For the fifth consecutive year, Catholic Charities has attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives highest ratings for quality of service provided and financial health/accountability as rated by the Council of Accreditation and Charity Navigator.
For more information about this program and other Catholic Charities services, go to www.ccwny.org or call (716) 218-1400. Check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ccbuffalo.