SALISBURY, Md. - In Salisbury, one local organization is recruiting senior citizens in order to have them act as mentors for children.
SHORE UP! Inc.'s Foster Grandparent Program is recruiting low to moderate income senior citizens, ages 55 and older to work with children in Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
This volunteer based program has been running for 41 years.
Currently they have 60 foster grandparents, but they are hoping to recruit at least 20 more for the following school year.
The program director, Denise Copeland-White, tells 47 ABC, "It affects the grandparents because it gives them something to do, they get out of the house, they get to socialize with other people, they get to give hugs with the kids. And the children are getting that extra one on one assistance that they need, that the teacher doesn't have time to give to them to help them with their classroom assignments."
These senior citizens work with different schools on the Eastern Shore, as they are assigned to those who need extra one-on-one attention.
Those who want to volunteer will even receive a tax-free stipend. For more information, call 410-749-1142, ext. 354.
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