Senior Companion Program
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” –Norman MacEwan
Senior Companions are low-income volunteers, age 55+ who serve a minimum of 15 hours per week providing on-going support services to adults, especially older adults who are home bound. Services provided by Senior Companions include daily tasks such as companionship-talking and listening, transportation, peer- counselling, grocery shopping, meal preparation and light housekeeping.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal funding source of this program and locally the program is supported by the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors. The Senior Companion Program also is blessed to receive a variety of in-kind recognition items and volunteer meals from Christian Appalachian Project, Labor of Love Mission and Loyal Order of the Moose Tazewell Lodge #198.
The SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM is very proud of its companions and the vital service they provide. Last year (July-June), 32 Senior Companions provided 44,934 hours of service to 100 frail and elderly senior and adult disabled citizens. These hours represented $1,118,857 (2015 Virginia Volunteer Value) in volunteer service to our citizens and communities.
Benefits of being a Senior Companion include:
- A non taxable stipend of $2.65 per hour which does not affect SSI, disability or other similar programs.
- Mileage paid to and from the work site within a 4 mile radius.
- On duty insurance.
- Annual physical exam required-program can assist with expense.
- 12 days personal leave a year and up to 14 paid holidays.
- Compensated while receiving 40 hours of training.
- Four hours of paid in-service training will be provided each month.