The Central MN Foster Grandparent Program of Catholic Charities recognized its local volunteers and says more are welcome.

Foster grandparents volunteer at least five hours a week in nonprofit daycares, preschools, Head Starts, and in school classrooms from grades kindergarten and up. They work with children who need extra help and support, and are guided by teachers.

The program is a nationwide volunteer service under the direction of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Pat Scherf, area supervisor for parts of nine counties, including Douglas, Pope, and Otter Tail, says she is always looking for men and women ages 55 and up willing to mentor.

“We can bring new people into the program any month of the year, not just at the beginning of each school year," she said.

New foster grandparents this school year in Douglas County are Mary Justen and Diane Nokes at Voyager Elementary School and Dorothy Anderson at Brandon-Evansville ECFE and preschool.

For more information about the program, contact Scherf at 320-293-0682 or