Cuts to Foster Grandparent Program

FOSTER GRANDPARENTS CUTS-VO

CHARLES CITY, Iowa –  It’s a program that brings young and old together and it’s facing funding cuts, but the city council in Charles City is taking action to stop those cuts.

The Foster Grandparent Program is designed to pair kids with older volunteers.

And that program which spans the country is facing possible cuts.

If cuts are made volunteer hours will be cut from 20 hours spent with kids down to 8.

The City Council signed a resolution they will send to federal legislators in an effort to save the program.

Trudy O’Donnell, Charles City’s City Clerk, says this program is vital to all those involved.

“To see the interaction between the grandparents and the kids and just to see how everybody just enjoys it so much it’s such a rewarding experience,” said O’Donnell.

O’Donnell says the resolution will be mailed out by Wednesday.

More than 80 volunteers are in the Charles City Foster Grandparent Program.

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