Foster Grandparent volunteer program receives national award
The Foster Grandparent program administered for Copper Hills School and Lincoln Hills School in Irma by the Corp for National Service/ Senior Corp sponsored by Wisconsin Department of Corrections today received a national award from Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.
Originating out of the White House during George H.W. Bush’s presidency, the Daily Point of Light Award celebrates the power of volunteers to spark change and improve the world through community service. Since 1989, more than 5,000 honorees have been recognized with the Daily Point of Light Award.
The Foster Grandparent Program at Copper Hills and Lincoln Hills Schools received Daily Point of Light Award #5298, acknowledging the success of volunteers with teaching a Title I reading program and providing other educational support for at-risk youth. Created in 1973, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Foster Grandparent Program currently includes 18 volunteers, ages 55 years and older, working with at-risk youth and collectively serving more than 960,000 hours.
As a Daily Point of Light Award honoree, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections will receive a special commemorative certificate produced by Points of Light and signed by former president Bush.