Senior Companions

Senior Companions volunteer programSenior Companions are volunteers, age 55 and above, who are compassionate, social and who enjoy helping others with special needs. For their services they earn a small stipend.

By becoming a Companion to a frail, disabled or convalescing person age 21 or older , these volunteers improve day-to-day lives. Often a Senior Companion’s regular weekly support can make it possible for a special needs person to remain in their own home.

Senior Companions may provide:

  • Friendship and companionship
  • Assistance with daily living tasks (grocery shopping, bill paying and more)
  • Transportation to local destinations
  • Notice to doctors and family members about potential problems
  • Respite care for family and other caregivers

Volunteer as a Senior Companion

Senior Companions volunteer between 15 to 40 hours a week. Volunteers should be in good health and must meet income-eligibility. They also benefit from pre-service orientation and other training from New Opportunities Inc.

Senior Companions receive:

  • A tax-free hourly stipend
  • Meals while on duty
  • Reimbursement for transportation or car mileage
  • An annual physical for those without health insurance
  • Paid time off with flexible hours
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Case assignments in or near their town
  • A uniform
  • Supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty

For more information call Elder Services at (203) 575-4214 or email Elder [at] NewOppInc [dot] org.

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