In 1973 the Domestic Volunteer Service Act authorized the creation of the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) and Senior Companion Program (SCP.) 50 years later these programs continue to prosper and thrive.
The Senior Volunteer Programs (SVP)
includes the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) and the Senior Companion Program (SCP). These programs are funded through AmeriCorps Seniors and housed at the Alamo Senior Center.
Foster Grandparents are stationed in local public schools, private schools, preschools, head-starts, or daycare centers, while Senior Companions are stationed inside the residence (home) of a fragile, disabled, or terminally ill homebound client.
Volunteers have the freedom to select the days and hours they want to serve (minimum of 5 hours per week; maximum of 40 hours per week.)
Stipend, Reimbursements, & Other Benefits
Volunteers who meet low-income criteria set by the federal government are eligible to receive a stipend of $3.15 per hour, plus a mileage reimbursement of $0.56 per mile. When your volunteer hours meet or exceed four hours on a single day, a $3.00 meal reimbursement will also be granted for that day. On holidays, income-eligible volunteers will receive four hours of stipend pay. Secondary insurance will also be granted (free of charge to volunteers) to cover accidents, personal liability, and automobile liability. Additionally, volunteers accrue paid sick leave/vacation hours.
Training & Learning Opportunities
New volunteers receive a pre-service orientation, and all volunteers (new and existing) receive ongoing monthly in-service training to advance their skills and knowledge.