UPO Foster Grandparents are vibrant and full of personality! One of our oldest and most dedicated volunteers, Virginia McLaurin, recently dazzled the world with her liveliness! She visited The White House and is now internationally known for dancing with the Obamas!

Watch her viral video, learn more about our program and read the stories of other Foster Grandparent Superstars.

Established in 1965, UPO’s Foster Grandparent Program trains low-income seniors with caring spirits to provide critical mentoring and support to District children in a variety of local settings.

The Foster Grandparent Program provides fulfilling volunteer service opportunities for individuals 55 years and older. This program is an opportunity for seniors to give back by sharing their experience and wisdom with children who value and cherish the lessons.

This program operates at 42 locations in the District of Columbia and includes early education centers, public and charter schools, before and after-school programs, as well as youth programs.

Each year, more than 200 Foster Grandparents put in more than 175,000 volunteer service hours – working one-on-one or in small groups. Foster Grandparents serve where the need is the greatest and because of this, our youth receive tremendous academic benefits alongside life-changing personal development.

The Program is sponsored by UPO and funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS).

Foster Grandparent Superstars

FGP-Meechum“As part of UPO’s Foster Grandparent program, I’m a volunteer at Malcom X Elementary School. I help classroom teachers with the daily lessons and I read to the children. I haven’t missed a day since I started years ago.  I love going every day to hear the children say “Mama Meechum, help me with my work.” It’s overwhelming. Sometimes I get so full I wanna cry. But I’m just happy that I’m able to do something and give something back to our children.”


FGP-Robert“UPO has given me an opportunity to work with young people. And, since working with UPO’s Foster Grandparents, I have worked with DC youth from different parts of the city. I enjoy what I do. UPO offers many locations to volunteer as a Foster Grandparent. I like my location. I’m at Job Corps. My role gives me the opportunity to give something back to the youth.”


Volunteer Today!

Looking for an awesome opportunity to volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life? Are you a school or organization who would like to join the family of organizations serving as Foster Grandparent worksites?

Sign up today to become a Foster Grandparent or part of the program! Contact Cheryl M. Christmas, Project Director, at (202) 610-5826, cchristmas@upo.org.

New Foster Grandparent training is offered on a monthly basis! Call to register for the next session!

Support the Program

Here are some ways your contribution can be put to good use:

$20 – One Foster Grandparent uniform

$42 – One pre-service FBI fingerprint check

$107 – a 40-hour-week stipend

$900 – One year of volunteer transportation

$4,134 – One year of a 30-hour-per-week stipend