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Senior Corps Week celebrates area foster grandparents

Every day around the country, seniors volunteer in schools, assist with disaster relief, help elders with daily tasks and more. These volunteers, members of Senior Corps, are “Making a Difference for Generations.”

  Their accomplishments will be recognized during Senior Corps Week, May 19-23.

Senior Corps, which is under the direction of the Corporation for National and Community Service, consists of the Foster Grandparent Program, the Senior Companion Program, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. More than 340,000 volunteers take part in the Senior Corps program.

In Central Minnesota, more than 200 foster grandparents are a part of this effort, serving in schools, Head Starts, and other local non-profits.

The senior volunteers of the Central Minnesota Foster Grandparent Program provide relationships for children with special needs.

In 2013, these foster grandparents invested more than 155,000 hours into the children of local communities.

The foster grandparents serving in Douglas County include Zelda Avery at Garfield Elementary; Lois Peterson and Rosalie Thoen at Voyager Elementary; Rosalia Ray at Lincoln Elementary; Joyce Uhlenkamp at Osakis Elementary; Kathy Bowman, Charmaine Hartmann and Ruth Hinnenkamp at St. Agnes School in Osakis; and Lyle and Jan Olson at Evansville Elementary.