“Enhancing the lives of older adults in the community”
A program that is truly a win-win, The Senior Companions Program provides meaningful work for volunteers and essential support to recipients. Understanding that hospice patients often need more than medical care, a Senior Companion provides support on many different levels to caregivers and patients. Having an extra pair of hands and an understanding shoulder is an immeasurable service, ultimately benefitting both the volunteer and the families they serve.
The Senior Companions Program is part of Senior Corps, under the umbrella of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
It is part of a network of programs that help provide volunteer opportunities for seniors age 55 and older. Partnering with other non-profit agencies who help identify seniors at risk and support the senior companion program, this volunteer service helps to strengthen communities.
In addition to doing an important service for the community, Senior Companions receive a small tax-free stipend, travel reimbursement and socialization benefits.
Senior Companions Program Director: Berita Martin
Program Coordinator: Vye Morton
Program Coordinator: Paula Edwards
Often Senior Companions and their clients develop friendships that last a lifetime. The Senior Companions Program partners with non-profit agencies that assist in the recognition of potential clients and the supervision and documentation needed for companions assigned to their area.
Volunteers may be assigned to: independent client homes, Senior Centers, Respite Day Centers, and Home Respite Care.
Volunteers are available Monday through Friday. Schedules and times are arranged between the program director, the volunteer, and the host site director. Currently, 56 Senior Companions Volunteers serve the community.
Interested persons can call the Charleston Area Senior Center or email us here. We will notify you when the next training class is forming.
Senior Companions serve up to 40 hours per week. Some volunteers may qualify to earn a tax-free, hourly stipend.
Senior Companions receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.
And remember: our volunteers, are helping others—and enriching their own lives, as well. Volunteering often leads to new discoveries and new friends. Studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.