AmeriCorps Seniors programs benefit the community, the organization, and the volunteer. Think of what you can do when you give your time to help your community.

Bring out the Best of America

AmeriCorps Seniors service provides tangible benefits for volunteers. The Foster Grandparent program offers modest stipends and other ways to help offset the costs of your involvement. The Retired Senior and Volunteer program offers a flexible schedule with unlimited opportunities. Other benefits include annual recognition, training, and liability insurance.

Ready to volunteer?

Why volunteer?

  • Help your community
    Know that you are giving your time, talent, wisdom, and experience to your community and neighbors who need you.
  • Help yourself
    Through service, you can add to the quality and health of your life. Research indicates that volunteers enjoy better health, make new friendships, stay active and involved in the community, and learn new skills.
  • Make a difference
    Be part of a national movement to transform America through the involvement of its citizens.
  • Save money for the organizations you serve
    By donating your time and skills, you help make funds go farther for organizations that address critical needs in your community.
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Quick Facts*


total volunteers

74 m

hours served (in millions)


elderly in need served


children in need served


veterans served

* Statistics data from FY 2017

Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), which began in 1965, provides loving and experienced tutors and mentors to children and youth with special needs.

Working one-on-one and serving between 15 and 40 hours a week, Foster Grandparents provide support in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, correctional institutions, and child care centers. Among other activities, they review schoolwork, reinforce values, teach parenting skills to young parents, and care for premature infants and children with disabilities. Foster Grandparents often maintain an ongoing, intensive relationship with the children and youth served for a year or longer.


Volunteers must be 55 years of age or over. Those who meet certain income guidelines receive a tax-free stipend of $3.00 per hour. All FGP volunteers receive accident and liability insurance and meals while on duty, reimbursement for transportation, and monthly training.

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Texoma Foster Grandparent Advisory Council Members
Ms. Rita Kinney
Ms. Paula Cawthon
Mr. Charles Coley
Ms. Maurine Gross
Ms. Georgia Richardson
Mr. Dale Rideout
Ms. Albina Schmitz
Rev. James Thorne
Mrs. Janice Thorne

Texoma RSVP

RSVP offers an array of volunteer opportunities to individuals over 55 in the three county area.

RSVP members are provided with excess liability insurance at no charge while performing volunteer assignments.

Volunteer Recognition

Recognition events are held annually to award achievements and contributions of area volunteers.

All For Good

Volunteer Timesheets

Friends in Action

The Friends in Action Volunteer Program recruits senior volunteers age 55 and older to address certain physical and social needs of home-bound people living with aging complications or disabilities. Volunteer assistance provided currently includes transportation to medical appointments, pharmacies and running small errands such as brief trips to the grocery store.

This program is available in Grayson, Fannin and Cooke Counties.

Any home-bound senior in need of transportation to a medical appointment or is interested in becoming a volunteer driver may contact Texoma RSVP at

(903) 813-3562

for more information.

Texoma RSVP Stations

  • ABBA Women's Center

  • Abigail's Arms
    Cooke County Family Crisis Center

  • Advisory Councils

  • Alzheimer's Respite Caregiver Program
    Grayson County

  • American Red Cross

  • Bells Meals on Wheels

  • Blossoms of HOPE

  • Bonham Meals on Wheels

  • Boyd Home-Bound Ministries

  • Child Welfare Board - Fannin

  • Clyde Cosper Texas State Veterans Home

  • D.A.S.H.

  • Denison Meals on Wheels

  • Divine Equine

  • Eisenhower Birth Place

  • Fannin County Community Ministries

  • Fannin County Family Crisis Center

  • Fannin County Health Clinic

  • Friends in Action

  • Friends of Bonham SNAP Center

  • Gainesville Meals on Wheels

  • Grand Central Station

  • Grayson Crisis Center

  • Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County

  • Home Hospice of Cooke County

  • Home Hospice of Grayson County

  • Keep Whitesboro Beautiful

  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman

  • Manna House

  • MasterKey Ministries

  • Matter of Balance

  • Miss Peggy's Porch

  • Muenster Meals on Wheels

  • Muenster Memorial Hospital

  • Nifty Thrifty TLC Outreach Ministries

  • North Texas Medical Center

  • Open Arms Shelter

  • Reba's Ranch House

  • RSVP

  • Second Chance

  • Senior Medicare Patrol

  • Sherman Meals on Wheels

  • St. Mary's School

  • Texoma Community Center

  • Texoma Medical Center Bonham

  • Texoma Medical Center Denison

  • Texoma Regional Advisory Council

  • The Green House

  • Trinity Lutheran Church

  • Valley View Meals on Wheels

  • Van Alstyne Meals on Wheels

  • Whitesboro Meals on Wheels

  • Whitewright Meals on Wheels

  • Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center

  • Your Neighbor's House

Meet the Team

Americorps Seniors

Bonnie Arrington

AmeriCorps Seniors Program Supervisor

903-893-2161 x3574

Program Staff

Vicky Hestand

AmeriCorps Seniors Specialist

903-893-2161 x3587