Region 10 Community Living Services is launching a new volunteer program this summer: the Senior Companion Program. The Senior Companion Program, created by the Corporation for National and Community Service, is a volunteer-based project that aims to help seniors remain in their own homes and active in their communities. The program will also provide respite for families and caregivers. Region 10 is currently seeking reliable and enthusiastic volunteers.

Senior Companion Program volunteers will expect to dedicate anywhere from 5-15 hours a week spending time with clients and aiding them with everyday tasks, from providing a helping hand to lending an ear. Qualifying volunteers will receive a small hourly stipend for their service, as well as mileage reimbursement and meal reimbursement. To serve, volunteers must be at least 55 or older, pass standard background check requirements, and be physically capable of serving.

Volunteer duties include providing companionship, personal care, nutrition care, social and recreational activities, home management assistance, and information and advocacy to the clients they serve. The program hopes to implement a system of cooperation and cohesion within the community and bring together dedicated volunteers and seniors in need of assistance.

For more information about the Senior Companion Program, contact Madison at madison@region10.net or call (970) 765-3125.

 

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