Senior Companion Program
The mission of the Senior Companion Program is to recruit and train volunteers to assist individuals in maintaining their independence. Whether it is someone who is lonely and isolated, physically or mentally disabled, or someone living with Alzheimer’s disease, Senior Companions help people in ways true friends help one another. Senior Companion volunteers visit the homes of older individuals who can benefit from the company of another older adult. Companions stay for up to four hours per visit. They talk with their clients about the news of the day, share stories about family, play cards, read mail, listen to the radio, or perhaps watch television. Some Companions help their clients run errands or go grocery shopping. Others prefer to simply visit and be a friend.
Eligibility: Volunteers must be at least age 55, meet an income guideline and be able to serve a minimum of 15 hours per week. All applicants must complete an enrollment process including references and background checks.
Benefits: In return for their commitment of 15 hours per week, volunteers receive a tax free stipend of $4.00 per hour, plus mileage reimbursement and may receive meals while on duty. In addition, volunteers receive supplemental accidental insurance coverage, and other benefits.
Counties served: Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass & Washington.
For more information call 402-444-6536.
The Senior Companion Program is an AmeriCorps Seniors grantee with local sponsorship and additional funding through the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging.