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I am writing to express my gratitude for Rocky Mountain Development Council’s Foster Grandparent Program. Foster Grandparents are role models and mentors to children within local schools and non-profit pre-schools. This is a volunteer program for adults 55 years of age and older and on a limited income. The program offers a non-taxable stipend, mileage reimbursement, and monthly training.

I love that our volunteers are making a positive impact in this community with children and with seniors. The support, guidance, and encouragement that our volunteers provide, makes a lasting impression and a difference in our community. Our pledge to “share today, shape tomorrow” is more than just words, it truly expresses our desire and commitment to bring about a change for the better.

Volunteering benefits the giver as much as those being served. Our volunteers reported decreased anxiety and depression, decreased loneliness and social isolation, enhanced physical capacity, and higher life satisfaction. I encourage you to think about volunteering for the Foster Grandparent Program. The work we do as Foster Grandparents is truly remarkable and invaluable.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Helena Foster Grandparents, for serving 13,627 hours in 2018!

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With much thanks,

Mindy Diehl

East Helena

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