The Suffolk County Foster Grandparent Program

Federation of Organizations has served as the sponsor of the Foster Grandparent Program in Suffolk County since 1977.

The mission of the Foster Grandparent Program is to offer volunteer opportunities to low-income seniors who wish to remain active in their communities by providing one-to-one assistance to “at-risk” children in schools, Head Start Centers and preschools throughout Suffolk County. Our goal is to make a difference in the life of a child while at the same time enriching the life of the senior. The children served through the Foster Grandparent Program are learning disabled, emotionally handicapped, have a language barrier or have been identified by the teacher as having special needs. Foster Grandparents assist children by tutoring in reading or math, helping with the completion of class assignments, providing emotional support, helping a child to remain focused in class and supporting children in the English as a Second Language Program with their independent reading and writing activities. Many of these children lack the confidence they need to be successful due to their special needs. The volunteers are able to help the child reach and remain on grade level. The seniors have also been trained by the Suffolk County Sherriff’s office on his bullying campaign, The McGruff Program. They are able to help the children recognize bullying behavior and teach them how to prevent it.

Income-eligible seniors benefit by forming new friendships, socialization, extra income as well as the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to a child’s well-being.

Benefits of Volunteering

• One-to-one relationships are established
• Volunteer at nearby locations
• Monthly in-service trainings provided
• Receive a tax-free stipend
• Paid vacation and sick leave
• Receive a transportation allowance
• Enjoy peer socialization and support


• Aged 55 +
• Income eligible
• Good health
• Motivated, enthusiastic
• A desire to work with children

Children in Need Benefit

Children who need Foster Grandparents gain:

• Tutoring to help them succeed in school
• The life-changing opportunity to know the encouraging support of a senior
• One-on-one support for those learning English
• The individual attention they would not otherwise receive
• Confidence from someone having faith in them
• The advice and life skills they need to lead productive lives

For further Information please call:
Foster Grandparent Program at 631-321-8229 ex 1240


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Senior Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
A Celebration of Senior Volunteers

Federation of Organizations hosted a Senior Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Friday, May 3rd at the Huntington Hilton. The event served to honor senior volunteers from the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs and was well attended by over 300 guests. The day was celebrated with a gala luncheon and dancing.

Photo Caption: NYS Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci presented certificates to the volunteers. Pictured left to right: Barbara Faron, CEO, Federation of Organizations; Tracy Falkner, Director of Community Services, Federation of Organizations; Foster Grandparent volunteer Joan Strassberg; Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci

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2012 Highlights
On October 5th, Federation of Organizations hosted a Networking and Business Event at Russo’s on the Bay. The event, sponsored by Liberty Management Group and Lincoln Computer Systems, provided a forum for over 200 business professionals, hospital representatives and not-for-profits to discuss the future of healthcare. The Keynote Speaker was Jason Helgerson, NY State Medicaid Director .

Barbara Faron, CEO with Jason Helgerson, N.Y. State Medicaid Director.

On Friday, June 15th, Federation of Organizations hosted a Senior Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The event, which was well attended with over 500 guests, served to honor senior volunteers from the Suffolk County Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs as well as the Nassau County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

On April 20th Federation celebrated the opening of our new Queens Village Community Residence/Single Room Occupancy (CR/SRO) with a ribbon cutting ceremony and luncheon for over 150 guests. Pictured are Senator Frank Padavan and Barbara Faron, CEO performing the ribbon cutting.