About Us

About Us

Foster Grandparents & Senior Companions

of Greater Siouxland

The Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs of Greater Siouxland, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rock Valley Foundation, Inc. (RVR), provide volunteer opportunities for individuals 55 and over to serve their own communities 5-40 hours each week with financial benefits possible. With offices in Rock Valley and Sioux City, the programs together serve a nine county area including Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Sioux, O’Brien, Plymouth, Woodbury, and Monona counties in Iowa, Union County in South Dakota, and Jackson and Dakota counties in Nebraska.

The Rotary Club of Rock Valley Foundation (RVR), a 501c3 non-profit organization, is proud to sponsor both the Foster Grandparent & Senior Companion Programs of Greater Siouxland. The Rotary Club has been the sole sponsor since the beginning of the program.

History of the Foster Grandparent Program of Greater Siouxland

Since 1974, Foster Grandparents throughout northwest Iowa have been role models and mentors in classrooms, Head Start centers, and non-profit daycares. Foster Grandparents assist teachers by giving the students the extra attention, encouragement, and support they deserve. The Foster Grandparent Program of Greater Siouxland is proud to celebrate over 40 years of service. The incredible impact the program has made on children, volunteers, schools, and the communities it has served is remarkable.

History of the Senior Companion Program of Greater Siouxland

Since 2005, the Senior Companions throughout northwest Iowa have provided much needed support, assistance, and friendships to individuals 21 years and older to help them remain living independently. The Senior Companion Program is proud to celebrate over 10 years of service to the area. Senior Companions build relationships and assist those they serve by being a consistently dependable friend. Families appreciate the extra set of eyes and hands for their loved ones.  

Our Staff

Meet Our Team

We're Here to Serve You

Senior Volunteer Programs of Greater Siouxland

Jessie Huitink

Program Director

1510 14th St.
Rock Valley, IA 51247

jessieh@rvrseniorvolunteerprograms.org

Senior Volunteer Programs of Greater Siouxland

Danae Thoene

Program Coordinator

1510 14th St.
Rock Valley, IA 51247

danae@rvrseniorvolunteerprogram.org

Senior Volunteer Programs of Greater Siouxland

Barb Gerling

Program Development Coordinator

1510 14th St.
Rock Valley, IA 51247

bgerling@rvrseniorvolunteerprograms.org

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Donating to the Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion Program is easy. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Rotary Club of Rock Valley Foundation’s sole purpose is to generate funds for the Foster Grandparent & Senior Companion Programs of Greater Siouxland in our area. We would gratefully accept your tax deductible donation at any time.

Checks can be written to:
Foster Grandparents and Senior Companion Program of Greater Siouxland
1510 14th Street, Rock Valley IA 51247

  • The Foster Grandparent & Senior Companion Programs of Greater Siouxland, through the Rotary Club of Rock Valley Foundation, need to raise approximately 25-30% of their annual budget each year as a match to the federal grants.
  • With a majority of the donated budget going directly to supporting the Senior Volunteers. Your donation stays within our communities, impacting our local economies, & making a difference for limited income seniors.
  • Your tax deductible donation through our sponsor, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will be gratefully accepted at any time.


The Foster Grandparent Program (RVR FGP) & Senior Companion Program (RVR SCP) are Senior Corps Programs locally sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rock Valley Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Senior Corps is administrated by the Corporation for National and Community Service.