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Senior Companion Program

Senior Companion Program

"Senior companions do what friends do for friends!"

Do you know of someone who needs a friend? Senior Services administers a Senior Companion Program (SCP) that partners senior volunteers with adults living independently, in need of companionship and a helping hand. In addition to paying a friendly visit, the companions often perform a variety of tasks, such as shopping for groceries, writing a letter, or fixing a light meal. In some cases, the senior companion plays a vital role in the life of their client, providing a much-needed link from the community to that home.

The Senior Companion Program is supported by the National Senior Corps, a federally-funded “friends-helping-friends” volunteer program. Income-qualified Senior Companion volunteers, ages 55+ receive a small stipend for their time, and are partnered with other senior adults who simply need companionship and a helping hand. As a Program partner, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia is required to raise an annual funding match. We depend on the generosity of local foundations, the United Way of South Hampton Roads and individual donors to raise those funds.

Senior Companion volunteers are matched with clients who live right in their own communities. They visit regularly, offer friendly conversation, and help around the house with light tasks, and maybe a bit of cooking. They are happy to provide a quick trip out to the doctor’s office, the grocery store, or even an afternoon out to enjoy a local cultural event. The Senior Companion plays a vital role in the life of their client, helping them to remain independent and connected to the community. Volunteers contribute 20-40 hours per week of their time. 

This program also offers respite to family caregivers, allowing them time to work and/or attend to their own needs.  

This service is free to those who need assistance.

As a Program partner, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia is required to raise an annual funding match. We depend on the generosity of local foundations, the United Way of South Hampton Roads and individual donors to raise those funds.

If you need this service, know of someone who could benefit, or are interested in becoming a Senior Companion volunteer, call the Senior Companion Coordinator at 757-222-4519.

Requirements
  • Must be age 55+ and retired
  • All prospective volunteers must successfully pass a thorough criminal background check, as well as a wellness screening to include a tuberculosis test from their own physician prior to acceptance into the program

If you are interested in supporting this program with a tax-deductible gift, please contact SSSEVA Director of Development & Community Relations Debbie Schwartz at 757-222-4520 or at dschwartz@ssseva.org.

 


 

 

 

 

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