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Because the safety and health of all our volunteers is of the utmost importance to us at the Seniors Council, we have been taking steps to prevent the further spread of the cold, flu, and COVID-19 (Coronavirus) virus. We are continuing to suspend all in-person participation of Foster Grandparent volunteers in classrooms and Senior Companions serving clients in-person until further notice. All of our Foster Grandparent volunteers are currently sheltering in place and some are beginning to start virtual service. Our Senior Companions continue to do wellness checks to their clients by phone and virtually.  This is still an emerging situation where information and circumstances can evolve quickly. We will keep in touch regarding any changes to both programs.

Kathryn Ramirez - Program Director

Senior Companions volunteers provide friendly visitor and peer support in the homes of individuals having difficulty with daily living tasks so they can continue to live independently in their homes. In addition, Senior Companions provide respite support for caregivers.

Senior Companions provide:

  • Friendly visitor and peer support
  • Assistance with shopping and errands
  • Transportation to critical social and health appointments
  • The eyes and ears to professionals who can intervene in case of medical, or other, decline in functioning
  • The goal is to ease loneliness and social isolation for homebound seniors and their caregivers

Eligibility to Become A Senior Companion Volunteer

  • Be 55 years of age or over
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of 15 hours per week
  • Have an annual income of $23,000 or less
  • Be physically and emotionally able to assume the responsibilities of a Senior Companion volunteer
  • Complete a criminal background check

The Benefits of Being a Senior Companion Volunteer

  • Receive a $3.00 hourly tax-exempt stipend for your volunteer service totaling between $200 and $300 a month. The stipend payments cannot be used to calculate federal or state entitlements like Social Security, MediCal, MediCare, HUD housing, etc.
  • Reimbursement for mileage for driving related to volunteer service
  • A $2 a day lunch stipend
  • Pre-placement training
  • Monthly training that includes lunch
  • Stipend payments for Holidays and Paid Time Off
  • Annual recognition
  • The opportunity to use your time and skills to make your community a better place to live while bringing joy to another’s life and adding meaning to your own