Senior Companion Program

Our newest program!
The Senior Companion Program has returned after an absence of five years to these counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Jefferson and Douglas. This vitally important program is part of Senior Corps, a United States government agency under the oversight of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Senior Companion Program engages individuals 55+ years old to realize the independence of older adults in their home and as a team, continue to be vibrant, contributing members of our communities.
 

This program is designed to engage people as volunteers who are:

  • 55 years or older
  • Willing to volunteer 5-40 hours a week for at least one year
  • Pass a State and FBI fingerprinting check as well as the National Sex Offender check
  • Interviewed and attend pre-service orientation and training
  • Living on a limited income to receive a modest nontaxable $2.65/hr
  • Sufficiently healthy and active to provide reliable assistance to other older adults
  • Licensed and insured to drive a car or able to use public transportation
  • Committed to the program's goals, professional ethics and comfortable accepting supervision
  • Creative, social, adaptable and compassionate about improving the lives of others

Please view our Income Elegibility Chart below to see if you qualify.

Senior Companion Program Income Eligibility Chart

Companions support other older adults in many ways, including but not limited to:

  • Offering companionship and friendship
  • Providing transportation to medical appointments or to social events
  • Helping with grocery shopping and other shopping
  • Assisting with simple chores like putting away groceries, preparing meals, washing dishes
  • Reading or helping with mail, email, newspapers or magazines
  • Alerting family members or caregivers to potential health issues or home life situations

Benefits to Companions include but not limited to:

  • Opportunity to use life experiences, time and talent to enhance the lives of others
  • Chance to learn new and exciting things about other people and the community in which they live
  • If income eligible, a modest non-taxable stipend of $2.65/hour of service
  • Paid personal time off during year of service
  • Assistance with meals and travel reimbursement
  • Accident and liability insurance while in service
  • Paid pre-service and monthly training sessions
  • Paid annual physical
  • Community recongnition for the invaluable service they provide

Interested in becoming a Senior Companion? 

Please fill out the two forms below and email them to cdrewes@sparkthechangecolorado.org.

Senior Companion Application Senior Companion Program Income Eligibility Form

We are seeking organizations to serve as Volunteer Stations. Volunteer Stations:

  • Are community and civic organizations that address the health, housing and social needs of older adults, such as secular or faith-based nonprofits, propriety healthcare organizations, home health agencies, hospice programs, housing facilities, public health departments and centers on aging
  • Meet significant needs of the community
  • Are accessible to older adults and people with disabilities
  • Will help design and sign a Memorandum of Understanding for their responsibilities to the program and volunteers
  • Provide assignment plans to volunteers and provide training, if needed
  • Will monitor the activities regularly to ensure satisfaction of both Senior Companions and clients
  • Collect data and provide timely and accurate reports to help gauge success of program
  • May select appropriate staff to serve on the Senior Companion Program Advisory Committee

For more information, contact Cristina Torres-Drewes, Senior Companion Program Director:

720.420.3215 // cdrewes@sparkthechangecolorado.org

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