Aging can be a challenging process, and most individuals want to retain their sense of independence and remain in their own homes as long as possible. While some older adults qualify for in-home services, many in the High Country do not. As a senior companion volunteer, you may help other adults maintain independence by providing companionship and assistance. Your presence and conversation can limit feelings of loneliness and isolation while improving self-esteem, and provide respite to caregivers. By providing one-on-one assistance to these individuals can remain at home.
Being a volunteer is an enriching experience. Some volunteers also qualify for a small stipend to supplement their income. Because volunteers will be working with other seniors, specific requirements must be met before being approved to be a volunteer. These requirements are provided below. You will most likely be paired with an individual that needs assistance in one of your areas of interest. If you are interested in volunteering as a senior companion, please see the requirements below. Senior Companion volunteers who qualify may also receive a modest $3.00 an hour stipend, and travel reimbursement that does not affect any of their government benefits such as social security, veterans benefits, disability, etc.
Throughout the application and review process you will be in touch with the Senior Companion Program Director, Debbie Wellborn and Program Assistant Gloria Roach. Feel free to contact these individuals to gain more information on the specific steps of becoming a Senior Companion Volunteer. If interested in becoming a volunteer please fill out the Google form which is located at the bottom of this page. Once reviewed, you will be contacted through email on the next steps of the application process.
Requirements of volunteers
- You must be 55 years of age and or older
- Complete an application and interview
- Provide 3 non-family references
- Physical exam, including a TB test
- Have reliable transportation
- Have a clear Criminal History Check (which includes a FBI fingerprint check) and a National Sex Offender Registry Check which will be paid for and conducted by our program
Apply to be a volunteer
To begin the application process you will need to complete the Senior Companion volunteer interest form. Once reviewed, we will contact you by email.
Refer a client
If you know individuals in need of our services, please reach out to the Senior Companion Program by contacting Debbie Wellborn. You may also complete the online client referral form.