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 Karen Betley, SCP Director at (269) 382-0515.