SCP provide individuals who are at least 55 years of age, and who are living at or below 200% of the poverty income guideline with meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout their community. SCP volunteers spend time in private homes and a variety of care settings and typically assist individuals with developmental/physical disabilities, mental illness, or frailty; to help them achieve and maintain the highest possible level of independence. Volunteers might take a homebound senior shopping, escort a frail adult to a medical appointment, alert a family member of potential health concerns, provide a short period of relief to a caregiver, or assist an individual learn a new life skill. Without the help of Senior Companions, many older adults would not be able to continue living at home; would need more expensive, less personal care; would become isolated and would lose the opportunity for a lifelong companion.

Senior Companions Are:

  • Over 55 years of age
  • Able to volunteer 15 to 40 hours per week
  • Have a limited income
  • Love to help their neighbors

Benefits of Becoming a Senior Companion:

  • On-going training
  • A small stipend for those who qualify
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Meal on the days volunteered
  • Annual physical examination
  • Supplemental insurance
  • The joy of helping others live more independently

For additional information about volunteering for the SCP, click here or contact Laurie Havel at (269) 382-0515.