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This unique program has brought together tens of thousands of needy children and loving retired adults who have all been deeply enriched by new relationships. We train and place senior volunteers in schools, non-profit childcare centers and other youth service organizations to help set children on the path to a successful future. And this Federal program pays a tax-free stipend to income-eligible retirees to help them afford to volunteer and make ends meet.

Our Foster Grandparent volunteers (must be age 55+) are trained by teachers and child-development experts in monthly workshops. They learn reading support methods and other skills to work with children needing extra attention to accomplish their academic goals, improve their behavioral or social skills, pre-school activities, emotional support, encouragement or nurturing.
Foster Grandparents serve regular, consistent hours at the same site, so they become highly valued members of the school team. Foster Grandparents provide assistance to children each week, receiving the love of the children and the respect of the teachers and staffs. Because of their consistency, they achieve considerable results with toddlers, children and youth. They also gain significant health benefits themselves by staying active and providing meaningful contributions to the children and communities.

The program is built to serve the needs of organizations as they educate and help children flourish, and the needs and choices of retired volunteers. Participants choose the age of children they enjoy most and the times they prefer to serve so they can continue to pursue other interests as well.

In addition to the stipend, volunteers receive mileage reimbursements for their travel to and from their volunteer site, meals at the site and paid time off. Monthly meetings provide guest speakers on topics ranging from issues facing children to senior wellness. Each year, volunteer service is recognized at special events.

Children who receive the consistent presence of Foster Grandparents often achieve significant progress in their educational, emotional and behavioral abilities. Volunteers enjoy the smiles and hugs of children, meaningful new community connections and the wholehearted appreciation of teachers. The whole program is a unique and wonderful winner for children, seniors, teachers and school systems.

Read more here about how to become a Foster Grandparent and why.

If you would like to become a Foster Grandparent or be more involved with the Program, please call 1-800-536-1193 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.us and we would be happy to speak with you about available opportunities.


Lead Sponsors

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The Friends Foster Grandparent Program
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Mentor One Child…Enrich Two Lives

Founded in 1975, the Friends Youth Mentoring Program provides boys and girls, ages 6-17, from Merrimack County with a mentor who serves as a positive role model and a supportive advocate. At the core of this healthy 1:1 relationship is the bond that is established. One parent, with three children in the program stated, “I’ve learned to ask for help, to trust in other people to share my children’s lives, and to appreciate kindness.”

Mentors, just by being themselves, provide a wider window to the world and help children gain perspective; access to opportunities and new learning beyond their immediate neighborhoods.  They are a dedicated group of individuals who care deeply about children and their communities. Their abilities and life experiences are great assets to a young person seeking an important, healthy, positive connection.  Mentors encourage and celebrate successful outcomes. While naturally engaged in fun and/or interesting activities they impart encouraging words and applaud important esteem-building that serves children well during the 1:1 time and well-beyond. Mentoring has steadily been shown to help strengthen the life of a child at home, in school, and in the community. Please click here to read the complete introduction.

If you would like to volunteer as a Youth Mentor or be more involved with the Program, please call 603-228-1193 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.us and we would be happy to speak with you about available opportunities.

 Lead Sponsors

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Program Sponsor


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Government Support Provided By

Merrimack County


The Friends Program strives to find ways to assist the wide range of people in our communities

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