Senior Companion

You know how much you value independence in your life. Now you can help others stay independent too.

Families in every community struggle to care for their loved ones. By becoming a companion to a frail person, you help that person stay in his/her own home. And you’ll join thousands of others to help control the rising cost of health care. Whether you’re giving families or professional caregivers much-needed time off, running errands or simply being a friend, you’ll make a difference that strengthens and helps preserve an individual’s independence.

If you’re 55 and over, and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Senior Companion. It’s that simple.

Senior Companions serve 5 – 40 hours a week. Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.  While serving, volunteers earn a tax-free, hourly stipend of $3.00 per hour as well as paid vacation and sick leave.

Currently, the qualifying income to become a volunteer is 200% of the poverty level ($27,180/family of one; $36,620/family of two, with up to 50% of income off for medical deductions).

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.

For more information contact the Senior Resource Center at 828-356-2800.

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