ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A luncheon was hosted recently at Belmont Technical College, honoring the 25 foster grandparents and senior companion volunteers through the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development who are taking classes at BTC.
These volunteers are working toward associates degrees in early childcare and this summer, have gained another 12 credit hours by taking algebra, computer keyboarding and computer multimedia and design.
COAD Area I’s foster grandparent program is for residents ages 55 and older that meet the program’s income guidelines.
Those meeting the guidelines can become a stipend paid volunteer with the program.
Volunteers are placed in educational facilities such as: day care centers, head start centers, elementary schools, MR/DD facilities and juvenile attention centers.
Each foster grandparent is assigned 3-to-5 children under the supervision and direction of the teaching staff at each center.
These children need a little extra one-on-one attention in their daily educational and social skills.
The stipend is tax-free and is not considered income for any reason. It will not affect any social service benefits that the volunteers receive.
Volunteers are reimbursed for their mileage traveled to and from their home and for any other function of the program attended.
COAD puts on monthly training meetings and an annual recognition. The qualifications are that you must love children and have enough patience to teach the kids your experiences in life and follow the direction of the teaching staff. You will volunteer 20 to 40 hours per week.
If you are interested in this program, please contact the COAD Senior Programs Division, Foster Grandparent Program; Kirk Guisti – Area I Coordinator; P. O. Box 176 in Cadiz, OH 43907 or call (330) 987-7232. You may visit the COAD website at www.coadinc.org. The Area I office covers Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas Counties.
THE 25 foster grandparents and senior companions who volunteer through the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development were recently honored at a luncheon held at Belmont Technical College. Front row, from left, are Louis Hewitt, Nancy Jackson, Mary Thomas, Mary Roush, Mary Richards, Elizabeth Brown, Helene Snyder and Regina Paisley. Second row, from left, are Diana Wiegand, Shirley Smitley, Elizabeth Hahn, Estella Salina, Barbara Crim, Donna Booth and Linna Hodkinson, Belmont Tech Professor & Harrison Hills Teacher. Back row is Gary Goosman, Senior Programs Division Director for COAD. Not pictured are Margaret Ferrell, Julia Davis, Shirley Ann Dandridge, Diana Cook, Peggie Robinson, Gloria Snyder, Joy Stull and Evelyn Waite