Tri-Valley Senior Programs is excited to announce it has been awarded a Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) grant to fund the Foster Grandparent Program in Eastern North Dakota. Tri-Valley’s Eastern North Dakota Foster Grandparent Program will have a start date of July 1, 2020. It will serve the counties of Barnes, Benson, Cass, Cavalier, Grand Forks, Griggs, Pierce, Ramsey, Richland, Sargent, Stutsman, Trail, and Walsh Counties.
    “The Tri-Valley Senior Programs department is excited to expand its current Foster Grandparent Program into Eastern North Dakota,” says Marley Melbye (Tri-Valley Senior Programs Director). “We will be able to play a part in improving the quality of life for our senior volunteers in North Dakota who have a passion for today’s youth. In addition, we are excited about the development and cultivation of new partnerships and collaborations with various school districts throughout the service area,” Melbye adds.
    The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) engages adults age 55 and over who help children in their communities develop academic and life skills critical to their development and future success. The Senior Corps volunteers serve as tutors, mentors, and role models to children at risk of falling behind in school and to those with physical disabilities and/or other special needs. The intergenerational exchanges that occur build lasting bonds that benefit those who perform the service and those being served.
    The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts.
    For questions on Tri-Valley’s Foster Grandparent Program or other Senior Programs options, please call 800-584-7020 or visit www.tvoc.org.
    Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. is a non-profit community action agency headquartered in Crookston, Minn. In existence since 1965, Tri-Valley provides services in 84 counties in Minnesota and Northeast North Dakota. For more information on services offered and job opportunities at Tri-Valley visit the website at www.tvoc.org, call 800-584-7020, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TVOCInc, on Twitter at @TriValley_TVOC, or on Instagram at trivalleyopportunitycouncilinc.