One-on-One Companion

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Grand Traverse Pavilions

Loneliness and boredom are common complaints from someone confined due to health problems. Residents enjoy one-on-one visits from a volunteer. Companions can simply visit or offer to do small tasks like letter writing or taking the resident for a walk/wheelchair ride or reading aloud. This volunteer opportunity allows you to build a relationship with a special individual and make a very real difference in their life. Staff would identify an appropriate resident and provide an introduction.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Visiting with residents and actively listening to them.
  • Assisting residents on walks and wheelchair rides around the property.
  • Carry out activities on a one-to-one basis with a resident including letter writing, reading out loud to them, and playing games.


  • A willingness to have fun.
  • Empathetic listening skills.
  • Volunteer must be at least 16 years of age or accompanied by an adult.
  • For the safety of our residents, all volunteers must agree to a background check.
  • Maintain confidentiality.


  • Staff will provide directions as needed.
  • Volunteer will be provided a handbook with rules and guidelines. Training will be provided on an ongoing basis.

Time Commitment

  • Resident visiting hours are seven days a week between 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, so hours are flexible.
  • We ask that you commit to volunteer once a week for a minimum of two months, however other options are possible.


  • Make a difference in someone’s life.
  • Be a part of a community of caring.
  • Considering working in the health care industry? This is a great way to figure out if you’re interested in working with older adults as a career.

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About Grand Traverse Pavilions


1000 Pavilions Circle Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684, US

Mission Statement

Grand Traverse Pavilions Mission is to provide accessible, trusted and compassionate care that enhances quality of life for aging adults.


Grand Traverse Pavilions is the region’s first and only public, nonprofit intergenerational continuum of care campus. The campus includes Grand Traverse Medical Care, our Intergenerational Community Center, the Wellness Center, our assisted-living community The Cottages, and the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation.

Our campus offers care and services to more than 300 adults whose needs vary from respite care to assisted living to long-term skilled nursing care to rehabilitation. The Pavilions is the only locally-owned and locally-operated nonprofit organization in Michigan that offers a broad range of intergenerational health care and residential programs and services in a shared environment.

Grand Traverse Pavilions is governed by the Grand Traverse County Department of Human Services Board and owned by Grand Traverse County. Our programs and services are community-based and community-focused.

Fiscally self-sufficient for approximately two decades, Grand Traverse Pavilions does not rely on any county monies for operations. With the assistance of our development arm, the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation, we deliver more than $3 million annually in charitable care and services to our local community members.


We'll work with your schedule.


Grand Traverse Pavilions1000 Pavilions CircleTraverse City, MI 49684



  • People Skills
  • Elder care
  • Reading / Writing
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible hours daily between 8AM-8PM.
  • A willingness to have fun. Empathetic listening skills. Must maintain confidentiality.

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