Agency on Aging

Volunteering with Peers

 

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Are you looking to stay active? Do you want to make a difference in someone's life? Consider spending time with a peer as a:

Friendly Visitor

There are many older adults who are isolated and lonely, so just a check-in and conversation can make all the difference in the week.  The RSVP program requires just a few hours of your time during the month.  To be eligible you need to be over 55 and pass a background check.

Companion 

There are many lonely & isolated 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 caregiving responsibilities. Companions serve 5-40 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.

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