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Older individuals are active more than ever before. It has been proven that they like to give back to their communities through volunteerism. To connect with others and be part of something bigger has been reported to give individuals fewer feelings of isolation. 88% of volunteers experience decreased anxiety, depression, and loneliness. While 84% report stable or improved health after one year of service.If you enjoy encouraging children to be their best self, and you are 55 or better and on a limited income, the Foster Grandparent Program could be what you are looking for.Giving back by serving children and helping those in need gives you purpose and helps teach them empathy and compassion. Children need positive, caring individuals to influence them with social, emotional, educational, self-help and learning skills. Its the little things that stand out to a child. Something as simple as being there on a consistent basis, listening, and providing extra one-on-one support can make an impact on a childs life. These small acts help build childrens confidence, self-esteem and life skills while building them up for success.There arent any educational requirements, just a passion to help children. A Foster Grandparent volunteer provides 15 or more hours to support non-profit schools, Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms, childcare and development centers and after-school programs. Through service, volunteers can earn a non-taxable, non-reportable stipend that does not affect current benefits or services one may already have or have in the future, there is also travel reimbursement, supplemental accidental and liability insurance, professional development and recognition.Grandma Marlene says, Its a wonderful program, it gives you the opportunity to be compassionate and watch out for the well-being of children. Not to mention it keeps you active. Why dont you bring out the best in America by making giving back your second act?Editors Note: This article was submitted by Rebecca Maletto-Cornell, Foster Grandparent Program Director with Wesley Family Services and may be reached at 412-660-6841, by email at Rebecca.Maletto-Cornell@wfspa.org or online at fostergrandparents.wfspa.org.