Agency on Aging

Volunteering with Peers

Are you looking to stay active? Do you want to make a difference in someone's life? Consider one of the following opportunities.

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Friendly visiting & respite care relief

Spend time with older adults in need of companionship. Companions make a difference by providing friendship and assistance such as running errands and assisting with light meals to adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks. Your time can also give families a much needed time off from their duties. 

You can volunteer through two programs. 

The Senior Companion Program – Making Independence a Reality
Companions serve 15-40 hours per week and are assigned to individuals who are living at home. Typically, companions are assigned to 2-3 people and spend 3-4 hours with them daily. For their service, a companion receives a tax-free stipend, transportation reimbursement, on-going training and recognition.

To be eligible you must be 55 years of age, income eligible (no more than 200% of the poverty leve), and pass a background check

You are eligible for the RSVP program if you are 55 or over and can give even just a few hours a month. As an RSVP Volunteer, you will receive training, ongoing support and supplemental insurance while actively volunteering.  

The Senior Companion Program and RSVP are funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.