Sheila Goff and Angie Hubler Address Rotary Club of Heber Springs
Heber Springs, AR
08/07/2017 02:48 PM


Sheila Goff and Angie Hubler of the Foster Grandparents program were the presenters at the August 1 meeting of the Rotary Club of Heber Springs.  Foster Grandparents began in 1965 as a part of the War on Poverty legislation. The program is a division of Senior Corps, which is part of the AmeriCorps program.

White River Area Agency on Aging has sponsored Foster Grandparents locally for 35 years, and the program currently serves in ten counties in our area in many school districts. In Cleburne County, Quitman and Concord schools are participants the program, with hopes to include the Heber Springs School District soon.

Foster grandparents work with children providing emotional and physical support, assist with developmental and speech delays, and assist with literacy training. Older children may receive mentoring services. Many of these children may have no older adult role model in their lives, and the program allows a connection with an older adult that may not happen without Foster Grandparent volunteers.

Foster Grandparent volunteers may receive a tax-free stipend of $2.65 per hour if income guidelines are met. They also are eligible to receive at no cost an annual physical exam, daily meals, and transportation assistance through the schools. They receive seven paid holidays and in-service training. The program is available to volunteers age 55 and older, and enable participating seniors to remain physically and mentally active, and to enhance their self-esteem through continued participation in community service. For more information on Foster Grandparents program and how you may participate, contact the White River Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-382-3205.

The Object of Rotary is "to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise." The Rotary Club of Heber Springs meets each Tuesday at noon on the ASU-Heber Springs Campus. For more information about the Rotary Club of Heber Springs, please visit our Facebook page at

Kathy Phillips, Public Relations Chair
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