Project Description

AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion Program

About
The Senior Companion Program provides grants to organizations with a dual purpose: to engage persons 55 years and older, particularly those with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs; and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers. The AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in this program provide supportive, individualized services to help older adults with special needs maintain their dignity and independence.

AmeriCorps Seniors Volunteers
Grantees recruit individuals for this program who are 55 years and older
Volunteers for this program serve as friends and companions to older neighbors, making sure they can live in their own homes for as long as possible.
Volunteers are eligible to receive a stipend for their volunteering if they meet income eligibility requirements.
Join AmeriCorps Seniors and bring out the best of America
Serve as a friend and companion to older neighbors making sure they can live in their own homes for as long as possible.

The Senior Companion program focuses on providing assistance and friendship to older adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as shopping or paying bills. Through this program, AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers keep seniors independent longer and provide respite to family caregivers. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers themselves report better health and longevity having served their community.

Benefits
You’ll forge new relationships with people in your community and make a significant difference in the lives of others.

AmeriCorps Seniors service also provides tangible benefits for volunteers. The Senior Companions program offers modest stipends to eligible volunteers to help offset the costs of volunteering. Other benefits include training and insurance.

Eligibility Requirements
To serve in AmeriCorps Seniors programs you must be:
55 years and older

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This program is funded in whole or in part by grants from the Citizens’ Commission on Children.