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 15-40 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

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

 (coming soon)

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

 (coming soon)


For more information, contact Laura Kinder, Senior Companion Program Director:

720.420.3217 // lkinder@sparkthechangecolorado.org

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