Foster Grandparent Program (FGP)

The AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is a child-centric program that provides an opportunity for children to connect with older adults on a daily basis. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers use their life experiences to help the children learn new skills and gain the confidence needed to succeed.

The AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program offers a multigenerational avenue for developing meaningful relationships, deep connections and shared experiences that are long-lasting. We place AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers into the San Francisco Foster Grandparent Program operated by Felton Institute. We are an AmeriCorps Seniors grantee and receive funds through their Foster Grandparent Program (FGP). AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers are older adults, aged 55 and older, who offer support and wisdom to children in the San Francisco Bay Area. They are matched within childcare and school settings to help children with literacy and other developmental activities.

AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers are tutors, mentors and friends who enrich young lives by sharing knowledge and experience through one-on-one classroom activities, group activities, reading support, creative play, field trips and much more. They have a passion for helping children and youth to succeed. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers bring their unique talents, kindness, focus and consistency to the children they support, who often do not have an older adult with whom to connect.

AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers receive a small, TAX-FREE hourly stipend (that will not affect governmental benefits) and transportation reimbursement (dependent on budget) for their contributions.  

AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in the Foster Grandparent Program are matched within childcare and school settings to help children with literacy and other developmental activities. They serve between 10-30 hours a week in preschools, elementary schools, and various community childcare settings.

To become an AmeriCorps Senior volunteer, applicants must be:

  • Aged 55 or older
  • Maximum income of:
    • Single: $2,430/month
      or $29,160/year
    • Married: $3,287/month
      or $39,440/year

Small hourly tax-free federal stipends are provided. No fees are charged to participants or volunteers.

Volunteer Today!

If you’re interested in making a difference in the lives of seniors in our community, please consider volunteering today!

Email us for an application:  

OR you can email Volunteer Coordinator, Lolita Kintanar, directly at


Hours (Mon-Fri): 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Service Area: The City and County of San Francisco, California

Foster Grandparent Program (FGP)
Office Address: Sutter Plaza Building, 1388 Sutter St, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94109
Office Phone: (415) 751-9786
Program Email:
Parking Information: In addition to limited metered street parking, a parking garage is available on the ground floor with an entrance on Fern Street.

For more information about volunteering, please contact:

Lolita Kintanar, Volunteer Coordinator

Felton Institute is a proud grantee of AmeriCorps Seniors. We receive funding from them to operate their San Francisco Foster Grandparent Program.

This program serving the community is funded by the City of San Francisco’s Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS).

DAS Funding Statement Translations

Chinese (Traditional): 此項社區服務計劃務計劃是由三藩市殘疾人與老齡化服務部資助的。

Russian: Эта общественная программа программы финансируется Департаментом по делам людей с инвалидностью и пожилого населения в Сан-Франциско.

Spanish: Este programa que brinda que brindan servicio a la comunidad está financiado por el Departamento de Servicios para Discapacidad y Personas de la Tercera Edad de la ciudad de San Francisco

Tagalog: Ang programang ito ito na nagseserbisyo sa komunidad ay pinopondohan ng Departamento ng Mga Serbisyo sa Kapansanan at Pagtanda ng Lungsod ng San Francisco.

Vietnamese: Chương trình phục vụ cộng đồng này được Sở Dịch Vụ cho Người Khuyết Tật và Người Cao Niên Thành Phố San Francisco tài trợ.