Senior Companion Program
The Senior Companion Program matches volunteers, age 55 and up, with older adults and individuals with disabilities that may need assistance with daily tasks, and will benefit from regular visits. Senior Companion volunteers serve 5 to 20 hours each week in in private homes, independent living communities, and adult day centers. Volunteers help their clients with light chores and errands, and may also provide respite to family caregivers.
This program provides a unique opportunity for older adults with lower incomes, as volunteers are able to earn a small hourly stipend, and are reimbursed some meal and mileage costs.
“I thank God for the program because it is a blessing to me. It keeps me going and active, and it is satisfying to help someone else.” – Senior Companion Volunteer
Volunteers are at least 55 years old, and live in Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, or Walton County. Prior to enrollment, volunteers will clear a physical and background checks. Income verification is required to receive the stipend and cost reimbursements.
Benefits of the Program include a tax-free stipend of $3.00/hour, orientation and on-going training, volunteer recognition events, paid leave time, and more.
“I don’t know what I would do without her. I would probably be in a nursing home without her help.” – Betty, Senior Companion client
“She goes above and beyond. My mom depends on her, and if it wasn’t for the Senior Companion Program, we wouldn’t be able to make it.” – Family member receiving respite through the program
Are you interested in volunteering with the Senior Companion Program? Or, could you or your family member benefit from Senior Companion services?
Please call our AmeriCorps Seniors office at 706-549-4850.