Foster Grandparent Program

Are you “community minded”?

Are you 55 or older with a limited income?
Would you benefit from tax free earnings for volunteering in your community?

The Foster Grandparent Program offers opportunities to use your life skills to mentor and tutor in schools and other youth organizations in your community.

How it works: Persons fifty-five and older who have limited income (200% poverty or less) are encouraged to apply. Applicants are screened, including background checks and references. Applicants receive a paid orientation. Following an orientation, the applicants may be matched with volunteer openings in local schools or not-for-profit daycares or other youth programs. While providing volunteer services, the Foster Grandparents are paid a tax-free stipend which does not affect other income sensitive programs such as SSI or housing. In addition, volunteers receive funds for transportation to and from volunteer host sites and a meal allowance. Paid monthly in-services provides training and socialization with other volunteers. Foster Grandparents volunteer 260 hours per year during the school year listening to children read, helping with flash cards, reading to children, or assisting with other classroom assignments.

Foster Grandparents is part of the national Senior Corp program and is funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Southwest CAP is the local sponsor in the following counties of Southwest Wisconsin: Richland, Iowa, Grant, Lafayette, Green, and the Wauzeka and Prairie du Chien areas of Crawford.

Want to learn more about being a volunteer or a host site? Contact the Foster Grandparent Program at Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program at 149 North Iowa Street, Dodgeville, WI 53533, call 1-800-704-8555, or email The link for CNCS is


Foster Grandparents volunteer in approved settings (schools, child care agencies or family enhancement programs) in Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, and southern Crawford counties to mentor and tutor children with special needs. Volunteers receive tax-free earnings, paid holidays and earned paid time off, travel and meal allowance, training and other benefits.


  • Fifty-five (55) years of age or older
  • Willing to volunteer 15-40 hours per week
  • Enjoy children
  • Subject to program income guidelines.

To Apply

1-800-704-8555 or 608-935-2326
SWCAP Office
149 North Iowa Street
Dodgeville, WI 53533