Catholic Charities’ volunteer receives Governor’s award

Joliet, IL – Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet announced that Sarah Marsh, a volunteer in their Foster Grandparent Program in Will County, has been selected for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award in the SeniorCorps northeast category. For the past 15 years, “Grandma Marsh” as she’s known, has volunteered 16 hours per week at Catholic Charities’ Head Start and at public elementary schools in Joliet. Her duties include helping school children improve their reading, spelling, and math skills. This energetic 81 year-old rarely misses a day of volunteering. Grandma Marsh has assisted hundreds of children during her many years of service in the Foster Grandparent Program. “Grandma Marsh is a great asset to our Foster Grandparent Program. We are thankful for her many years of service to children in our community,” said Mari Ruiz, Foster Grandparent Program Assistant.

Catholic Charities’ Foster Grandparent Program offers older adults (55 and over) in Will County the opportunity to assist young adults with disabilities in addition to assisting children in local preschools and grade schools. Foster Grandparent volunteers receive a modest tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement and generally volunteer 15 hours per week. Catholic Charities is currently seeking volunteers for this program. Please call 815-723-3405 or email for more information.

Individuals interested in volunteering with the program may contact Deb Sirek at 815-724-1157 or to learn more about the opportunity. For more information about the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities, visit