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Grandsavers Are Lifesavers

Powerfully changing lives of children all over Tioga County


by Lauren Gooch - October 23, 2019

According to statistics provided by AARP, there are over 2.5 million grandparents raising grandchildren in the U.S. Due to the recent opioid crisis, many children are losing their parents, causing them to be raised by their grandparents or other adults in their lives.

The dedicated, passionate team at Grandsavers are Lifesavers, is powerfully changing lives of children all over Tioga County. As a support group, this organization provides resources and assistance to grandparents (or any adult) raising children other than their own. Out of the kindness of their hearts, and using their own financial resources, these grandparents consistently provide and care for these children as their own.

What started as a simple idea in March 2015 by then principal of RB Walter Elementary in Tioga, PA, quickly grew as the organization developed. They now serve 22 families, comprised of 28 adults and 29 grandchildren.

Support and donations from their fundraisers, such as dime pitches, help contribute to funds for events and trips for the families to attend. Past events have included swimming, bowling, watching movies, and creating glass items at the Corning Museum of Glass. Most recently, they traveled on a Benedict’s Bus to Knoebels Amusement Park, thanks to the generous donation from Keck’s Food Service. For some children, this was the first time they had ever been to an amusement park and through this, they were able to create meaningful memories that will last the rest of their lives. Recently, Grandsavers are Lifesavers was recognized as the Pennsylvania Family Resource Association of the year and received a grant, which will be used toward the Knoebel’s outing next year.

If you are raising a child other than your own, you’re not alone. There are resources and support available to you, including a welcoming community at Grandsavers are Lifesavers. They meet the second Wednesday of each month during the school year (September to June) at Williamson High School in Tioga, PA at 5:30pm. Bring a dish to pass, and share dinner, listen to a guest speaker, or simply spend time sharing experiences with one another. Childcare is provided from 6pm-7pm and all are welcome!

Previous topics that have been covered include:
How do I deal with my grandchildren’s disappointment and emotions?
How do I make time for me?
How do I create a legal will and power of attorney?

For more information on how you can be involved, you can reach them at any of the phone numbers below, or email them at
Theresa: (570) 404-1209
Rose (570) 250-9142
Carmen: (570) 244-6060

Donations are greatly appreciated, as all of these grandparents are giving their own financial resources to care for these children. Please consider giving your financial support to help this life-changing mission. Thank you.


Videography: Ethan Chabala

Video Editing: Ethan Chabala

Writing: Lauren Gooch

Anchor: Lauren Gooch


Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by Laurel Health Centers, Akiko’s

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