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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2007

Foster Grandparent Program to celebrate volunteers

The Foster Grandparent Program that serves Jackson, Clay and Platte counties will recognize the contributions of its nearly 90 foster grandparents at its annual recognition program and luncheon. The event will be held June 15 at 9:45 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 620 E. Armour Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.

Mayor Mark Funkhouser will present the keynote address at 10 a.m. Each foster grandparent will receive an award and the Esther Award, the award for exceptional service, will be presented.

The program is open to all people age 60 and over who are interested in being a volunteer 15-40 hours a week. Those who are income eligible receive a stipend of $2.65 an hour, which is tax-free and not included as income. They also receive reimbursement for transportation to and from their volunteer stations, meals during service, accident and liability insurance while on duty, and pre-service and monthly in-service training.

Media inquiries and other requests for more information about the local Foster Grandparent Program that serves Jackson, Clay and Platte counties should be directed to Debra J. Venerable, Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 784-4519.

    
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