The COAD Foster Grandparent Program places volunteers in 46 different non-profit, government and faith-based sites throughout the region who serve children who have special or exceptional needs.

Volunteers are placed in a variety of settings such as schools, Head Start Programs, daycare centers, MR-DD programs, juvenile justice facilities, hospitals and libraries.

Foster Grandparents help children develop the skills, confidence and strength to succeed in life. Foster Grandparents make their neighborhoods and communities stronger by helping children with special and exceptional needs achieve their goals.

If you are interested in having volunteers placed at your school, agency, or office contact:

Director of Senior Programs Division – Joseph Lemon – jlemon@coadinc.org

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent volunteer, please contact a COAD Regional Coordinator for your county from the list below.

Contact COAD Foster Grandparents Coordinators by County

Kirk Guisti: Northeast
  • (330) 987-7232
  • kguisti@coadinc.org
  • Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, Noble, Tuscarawas, Washington
Kirk Guisti: Southeast
  • (740) 447-3767
  • kguisti@coadinc.org
  • Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton
Melissa Shamel: Northwest
  • (740) 856-7974
  • mshamel@coadinc.org
  • Ashland, Coshocton, Holmes, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Perry, Richland
Area 6

Counties not listed here do not host Foster Grandparent Programs through COAD. If you live in the COAD service area and want to be part of a different senior program, please visit our other programs on the sidebar to see which ones are in your county.