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January 18, 2023: Foster Grandparent Volunteer Day

WHEREAS, Older adults are rethinking retirement through volunteerism, and,

WHEREAS, nearly 28 percent of older adults volunteered last year, more than any other group; and,

WHEREAS,we must retain the talents and skills of the older adults who help communities in a variety of ways; and,

WHEREAS,Michigan’s 18 Foster Grandparent programs provide low- income adults, ages 55 and older, challenging and meaningful volunteer opportunities in 60 counties throughout the state; and,

WHEREAS,partnering with 275 schools, Foster Grandparent program meets a variety of personal and commnunity needs that make a positive difference; and

WHEREAS, in Michigan, 704 Foster Grandparent volunteers contribute 666,535 hours of service to 3,482 children with special or unique needs, helping18 them overcome various educational and life skill challanges; and,

WHEREAS,on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Adult Services Agency and the Michigan Community Service Commission within MDHHS to raise awareness of Michigan’s Foster Grandparent program and to recognize the outstanding service of foster grandparent volunteers currently serving throughout the state providing a positive impact. Their nurturing, mentoring and overall efforts have contibuted greatly to the lives of many children and have helped strenghten our communties.

THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2023 as Foster Grandparent Volunteer Day in Michigan.