Get involved. Join Senior Companions today!

Meet new people and make new friends. Stay active and involved. Enjoy that good feeling of giving to your community.

Senior Companions are volunteers 55 and over who provide assistance and friendship to seniors who have difficulty with daily living tasks. Volunteers help to keep seniors independent longer, and provide assistance to family caregivers.

Remember: When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others—you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.

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Client Services

  • The service Senior Companions provide is free of charge to their clients.

  • Clients served may be homebound adults with physical, cognitive, mental or emotional impairments, Veterans, patients recently discharged from hospitals or rehab facilities, people living with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, and respite services.

  • Senior Companion Volunteers provide companionship, socialization, and encouragement, social and emotional support, and recreational activities such as playing games or encouraging hobbies, light meal preparation, reading, taking walks, visiting friends, and transporting and escorting clients to/from medical appointments.

  • The volunteers provide two to three hours a week, working one-on-one on a regular basis, building relationships and lessening isolation.

  • We currently work with 12 agencies throughout Worcester County that assign Senior Companions to their clientele.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • If income eligible, Senior Companion Volunteers may receive a non-taxable hourly stipend. This stipend does not affect any other services you may receive such as housing, fuel assistance, SNAP benefits and/or social security.

  • Stipend eligible volunteers receive paid personal, vacation and sick time, along with 10 paid holidays per year.

  • Meal and transportation reimbursement.

  • Specialized training focused on topics of importance for the elders that they visit and for themselves.

  • The opportunity to get out and contribute to the community.

  • Meet new people and make new friends.

  • Yearly recognition events.

  • Stay active and involved: Studies show that being a volunteer improves people’s health and longevity.

  • Build Self-Confidence.

  • Good feeling of contributing to your community and showing you care.

About Senior Companions

Senior Companion Volunteers…

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Are More Than Companions

Senior Companions are volunteers 55 years of age and older who devote 5 – 40 hours per week providing companionship and assistance to frail, often isolated, elders in the community.

Senior Companions also provide assistance and companionship for individuals in Adult Day Health Centers, and Rehabilitation Facilities. The Senior Companion Volunteers can assist with providing respite services for family caregivers who may need a break from their caregiving responsibilities.

The Program provides our senior volunteers with a meaningful volunteer experience and other benefits which include reimbursement for travel and meal expenses, an income eligible tax-free stipend, annual recognition, ongoing training, and networking opportunities.

The Worcester Area Senior Companion Program is part of the National Senior Service Corps administered and funded federally through the Corporation for National and Community Service.

“It is so nice to have someone visit me and see how I’m doing.  I feel safer knowing someone is looking out for me.”

CONTACT US

If you are interested in volunteering for the Senior Companion Program, know of a Senior in need of companionship or are an organization that could benefit from our services please contact us by phone, email or by using the form below.

Joy Rehfeld – Director, Senior Companion Program
128 Providence St. Suite 310, Worcester, MA 01604
Tel: 508-791-7783
jrehfeld@fscm.org

CHANGE A LIFE TODAY

Learn new skills, meet new people, and lead a healthier, more-fulfilled life. Contact us today to make a difference in your community!