U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Goverment symbol

Official websites use .gov

A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Lock symbol

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS

A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Skip to main content
Submitted by mbrodbeck on

Bring Out the Best of America

Help guide students to higher academic achievement. Care for premature infants or children with disabilities. Mentor teenagers and young mothers. The Foster Grandparent program connects role models like you to young people with exceptional needs.

Enrich your life while enriching the lives of others. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers who serve in the Foster Grandparent program provide the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on a path to a successful future. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers report better health and longevity having served their community.

AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer James Hunter

Meet James Hunter

James Hunter serves as an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer in the Foster Grandparent Program in Kansas City, Mo. Prior to his volunteer service, Hunter served as a Private Second Class in the United States Army from 1976-1977. When he returned to civilian life, he struggled to adjust and fell into drug and alcohol addiction. After finding himself homeless, he sought help and turned his life around. Today, Hunter mentors 2nd grade students from an under-resourced community. Hunter’s service has rendered him a role model for the youngest members of his community and has allowed him to affect change well beyond his immediate surroundings.

Read more service stories

Serving with the Foster Grandparent Program

Learn more about the requirements for and benefits of serving with AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program.


  • Health and wellness. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers experience decreased anxiety, depression, and loneliness. 84% of volunteer report stable or improving health after one year of service.

  • Self-improvement. See the daily impact of your service as you build on the skills you already have and develop new ones.

  • Stipend. Some programs offer a modest stipend to qualified, low-income volunteers.

  • Community. Connect with others and be part of something bigger. 88% of volunteers who felt a lack of companionship reported fewer feelings of isolation after becoming an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer.

  • New skills. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers often tap their wealth of experience and wisdom and channel it in new directions.

  • Insurance. Most programs offer accident, personal liability, and excess automobile liability insurance.

Eligibility Requirements

To serve in AmeriCorps Seniors programs you must be:

  • 55 years and older

How to Apply

Use our AmeriCorps Seniors Pathfinder tool to easily search for current AmeriCorps Seniors opportunities near you.

View contact information to connect with the opportunities you’re interested in.

Explore the Pathfinder

Explore the AmeriCorps Seniors Pathfinder
A map of the United States and Canada on a wooden table

Seniors in Your State

Explore our National Service Reports to learn more about AmeriCorps Seniors in your state.

Read the Reports

Get in Touch

Ask Questions

Ready to serve or still getting to know your options? We are here to help.

Send Seniors your questions


Sign Up

Provide your email address so we can inform you of upcoming opportunities with Seniors.

Sign up for Seniors emails

Back to main content