January 23, 2014: Foster Grandparent Volunteer Day

WHEREAS, each year, more than 1,100 foster grandparent volunteers in Michigan contribute approximately 1,000,000 hours of service to nearly 8,000 children with special or unique needs, helping them overcome various educational and life skill challenges; and

WHEREAS, foster grandparent programs provide adults age 55 and older and on a limited income the opportunity to engage in challenging and meaningful volunteer service; and

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to 19 foster grandparent programs that are making a difference in 59 counties throughout the state; and

WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging to recognize the positive impact of Michigan’s foster grandparents; their nurturing, mentoring and overall efforts have contributed greatly to the lives of many children, and have helped strengthen our communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Thursday, January 23, 2014, as Foster Grandparent Volunteer Day in Michigan.