Foster Grandparent Program

PIC was named the sponsor for the Foster Grandparent Program of Southwestern Pennsylvania (FGP) in June 2014, continuing a long tradition of strengthening communities and fostering civic engagement to the region. FGP spans across Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Fayette, and Washington counties. Funded through the National Corporation for Community Service's Senior Corps, the FGP program provides volunteers a way to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.

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FGP volunteers support academic and social-emotional needs by providing one-on-one attention as role models, mentors, and tutors to children and youth with special and exceptional needs. The volunteers serve 15 to 40 hours per week and often maintain an ongoing relationship, intensive relationship with the children and youth served for a year or longer.

The Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program will help find just the right opportunity for you, whether you want to ...

  • Provide guidance and mentoring to young people striving to succeed
  • Tutor children from kindergarten through 12th grade
  • Offer one-to-one support and counseling to struggling youth
  • Open troubled youth's eyes to their potential

Since 1965, Foster Grandparents have volunteered in:

  • public and private schools
  • shelters and foster agencies
  • before-school and afterschool programs
  • Head Start, preschool, and daycare centers
  • mental, developmental, rehabilitation, and correctional facilities

To be a foster grandparent through our program, an individual must:

  1. be 55 years of age or older,
  2. be a lawful resident of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Fayette, or Washington counties,
  3. be determined by a physical examination to be capable to serve, and
  4. agree to abide by all requirements.

We welcome FGP volunteers and volunteer stations who participated or served under the former sponsor as well as those who are interested in joining the program for the first time. To learn more or to request information, please contact Carrie Schmucker, program supervisor, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-836-2600, ext. 281.

Those interested in volunteering should also complete the Interest Form and submit it via mail to: Private Industry Council, c/o Foster Grandparent Program, 219 Donohoe Road, Greensburg, PA 15012.

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country through three programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. Working with national and community nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools, and local agencies, the Corporation engages more than two million Americans each year in meeting critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas. The Corporation and its programs are part of USA Freedom Corps, a White House initiative to foster a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility, and help all Americans answer the President's Call to Service.

Senior Corps

Senior Corps taps the skills, talents, and experience of more than half a million Americans age 55 and older to meet a wide range of community needs through three programs: RSVP, Foster Grandparents, and Senior Companions.

Current volunteers can access the blank time & reimbursement sheet here: