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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Community Health & Medicine Seniors


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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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