Senior Companions

Are you one of the millions of Americans who has worked all your life looking forward to the day when you can retire and enjoy your leisure only to find yourself bored and restless now that the time has finally come? If so why not look to volunteerism as a way of enriching your life while, at the same time, providing assistance and support to others in need. Senior Corps, managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, offers three programs from which volunteers aged 55 and over can choose according to their specific talents, skills, and interests.

What is the Senior Companion Program About?

Another program offered by Senior Corps is the Senior Companion Program. With this program the volunteer is matched with elderly people in the community who need assistance with normal everyday tasks. The volunteer contributes 15-40 hours every week shopping, running errands, or performing household chores for as many as four elderly individuals.

How Can I Help?

A Senior Companion can do as little as keeping a home bound senior company, to running errands, household chores or anything in between. This gives the individual you are helping solace knowing there is someone who cares and is willing to put in the extra effort for them. Some of these people are alone and have no one. It also may give their caregiver some time off. It does not take much to show someone you care, but your little effort can go a long way in making them feel needed and wanted.

What Is Necessary?

Some Senior Companions volunteer as much as 40 hours a week. This is not necessary, whatever time you have is wonderful. Depending on your level of service you may even qualify for an hourly stipend which is tax free. You will receive training and guidance as well as supplemental accident and liability insurance.

The opportunities with Senior Corps are nearly limitless. So are the rewards.

37 Responses to “Senior Companions”

  1. Bob Hersam says:

    May be interested in becoming a senior volunteer.

    Would like more info about the program.

    Thank you,


    • I am trying to find info for a companion for my mother, she is 84 and in a wheelchair. She needs to talk to someone,maybe play cards, have someone to take her shopping, she is basically a prisoner in her own home. She insists on living in her own home, but now all her task duties are limited due to her illnesses. Please e-mail me regarding any help in the Largo, Florida area. It would be deeply appreciated. Thank You! Diane

  2. joyce bailey says:

    i also am interested in volunteering,i am interested in the grand parents program and the senior companions but, i would also like something to supplement my income,what do you suggest

    • Diana Baker says:

      I would love to volunteer as a Senior companion but I really need a Senior care job..I can do one until I get the other. I am really skilled and med certified. I have worked with Seniors for 20 years. In their homes and in facilities as a med tech. I am currently seeking employment on an independent level.

  3. Donna says:

    I’m looking for a senior companion for my father who is 92 and lives 100 miles away from me. He is pretty active but lives alone and I worry about him alot. How do I get a senior companion for him? and does it cost anything?

  4. Deborah says:

    I am very interested in the Senior Companion program in my area. I know there are a lot of people out there that need help or a friend and I want to help. Just imagine if we ALL helped someone out there even just a little bit, what a kinder world this would be.

  5. This is a great idea, I dont think that we have a program like this one in Montreal Canada, however you’ve inspired me to get something similar going.


  6. Marlene Pecchi says:

    Interested in Senior Companion or Foster Grandparent in Arlington, TX area

  7. Judith Gawlik says:

    Interested in helping folks that are in need. I have time on my hands, and I would like to contribute to the older population. I would like to help in my area. Thank you, Judith

  8. Kim ?Wingo says:

    I got your website from the Family Cargiver Alliance website. It says the following about your organization “Companionship to care recipients” but I find nothing on your website about locating a volunteer to come spend an hour a week with my recently widowed 96 year old father. Please advise-Kim

    • I am a Senior Companion Program Director, mu project covers five counties. There are six projects in the state. Go on the website, put in your state and it will give you the contact to find out if the program is in your area.

  9. david says:

    I am trying to get my dad to volunteer. please let us know of any volunteer organizations in the central florida area.

  10. melissa anderson says:

    Hi are there any senior volunteers in the Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and/or Belleville area?

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  12. dot says:

    do any seniors visit nursing homes to take paitaints out????

  13. Pouline says:

    such a good idea.
    If any one who needs some help with a doctor appoitement or other help,let me know,I’ll gkad to help.30 miles around the Palm Harbor area..:)

  14. MaryGuzzetta says:

    October 15, 2011, 6:02 AM Saturday

    I am victim of violent crime.
    Do you have senior companion volunteers in Lakewood, CA area: 90715?
    If so, how do I arrange for visits; what is the cost?
    Thank you. God Bless.

  15. How does a Senior schedule a volunteer to help them?

  16. Margaret says:

    I don’t see a way to get information on a companion for my mother. Thank you.

  17. […] housing and work. Two other sister programs of RSVP are the Foster Grandparents program, and the Senior Companion […]

  18. Kathleen Godwin says:

    I need a volunteer to help me. Please contact me. Kathleen Godwin 904-470-9853

  19. Hello,
    I am a 80 yr. old lady that lives alone with her doggie and needs someone to check on me to see that I am okay. I also need someone to take me to the doctor once or twice a month on a freeway about 10 miles away as a 80 yr. old lady should not be driving on a freeway. Once in a while I have been very sick with migraines and have had to go to the hospital during the night which is about 10 miles away and need someway to take me. Also, I have a little doggie that is eight years old, completely house trained, and will loved you to death. He cannot be left alone. I believe I have covered everything. My phone is: 623-466-0083
    My email is: ddimmig@gmail

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  22. Mike Lachance says:

    I am interested in getting information on Senior Companion Program liability coverage.
    I work in an area agency on aging and am researching volunteer funding opportunities and liabilty concerns.
    thanks in advance for any assitance or direction you can provide!

  23. marcella stewart says:

    I am interested in volunteering fot the Senior Companion Program.I am a semi-retired nurse.I have always enjoyed working with the elderly.

  24. Marie Jacobs says:

    I also am interested in the foster grandparent/senior program. Would like something to help supplement my income. Do you have anything like that in Western Massachusetts?

  25. Bernadine Harvey-Walker says:

    I am in desperate need of respite/ back-up caregiver care for my 90 yr. old mom. It is very difficult finding this in this area at low or no cost. Please contact me ASAP with any information you may have to assist us in finding this type of resource. Thank You

  26. Leeann broad says:

    I am looking for a senior volunteer for my 84 year old mother. She is in need of socializing and help with food shopping and doctor appointments. I tried to call number on website but is not working. Please let me know if you can help or if you could refer me elsewhere. Really need the help. Thank you

  27. Pammy says:

    This is a great idea.

  28. where I can register to participate in this program senior? please reply to my email, :)

  29. Rita Maxey says:

    Hello,I need help trying to get information about this blessed program to become a senior companion in my state and county (Arkansas,Sevier county). Please let me know by e-mail,God Bless

  30. Virginia Blosser says:

    I need a senior companion for my 81 year old mother in the Richmond, Virginia area. Are there any programs out there?

  31. I have just finished a year an a half as companion to an autistic gentleman of great age who finds it necessary now to have more medical help than I can provide. So I’d love to be helpful to someone part time and am able to visit weekly or do errands or whatever is needed. Please let me know how I might help out here in Vancouver, WA

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  33. Apk Download says:

    Interest to become one of these volunteer, but sadly I’m not american :(