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Muskegon Senior Companions/Foster Grandparents needed!

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ORGANIZATION: Catholic Charities West Michigan

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Senior Companion Program

The Senior Companion Program provides support and companionship to those that need increased assistance for daily living tasks and helps to improve quality of life. The program aims to keep seniors independent longer and to provide assistance to family and caregivers. Senior Companions serve as little as 5 hours up to 40 hours per week helping an average of 2-4 adult clients. Volunteers serve in their own local community in client’s homes as well as senior centers and living facilities.

Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent volunteers are role models, mentors, and friends to the children they serve. The Foster Grandparent Program supports local schools, before and after school programs, foster care agencies, developmental disability centers, etc. The program is designed for volunteers to serve children age 21 and under (with the exception of a child with a disability in which case can be served after the 21 st birthday under specified conditions) by providing support and increasing student’s readiness and ability to meet academic goals.

Requirements to Serve

  • Applicants must be 55 years or older
  • Must meet Federal income guidelines to receive stipend. If income exceeds eligibility guidelines, volunteers can serve alongside stipend volunteers with equal and consistent treatment
  • Undergo both State and Federal background checks

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About Catholic Charities West Michigan

Location:

1720 Park St, Muskegon, MI 49441, US

Mission Statement

Catholic Charities Mission: In the spirit of our Catholic tradition, we lead our diverse communities with hope and compassion by offering innovative, collaborative programs. Through our team of highly trained employees, dedicated volunteers and generous community, we deliver the highest quality social services. AmeriCorps Seniors’ mission is to engage persons ages 55+, particularly those with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs; and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers and those they serve.

Description

Catholic Charities West Michigan: Since 1946, we have been providing services to the most vulnerable populations in West Michigan. We are a community-based agency providing programs in Western Michigan, and offering a variety of services ranging from prevention and education to crisis intervention. All programs are designed to help families and individuals succeed. We are committed to serving the best interests of our clients, representing a diverse population, including persons of all faiths, with particular emphasis on service to persons with low income and outreach to diverse ethnic backgrounds. We are committed to collaboration with others in the community and church-initiated efforts for needs assessment, program planning and service delivery.

AmeriCorps Seniors:

The Senior Companion Program provides limited income seniors the opportunity to give back to the local community serving the elderly, shut-in and other citizens with disabilities to sustain their ability to live independently, remain engaged in the community and provide respite care for caregivers.

Since 1965, the Foster Grandparents Program provides limited income seniors the opportunity to give back to the community by serving children and assisting them to increase school readiness and academic engagement.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Seniors
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Muskegon, MI 49441

(43.21239,-86.31739)
 

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 55
  • Orientation or Training
  • Senior Companions commit 5 - 40 hours per week while Foster Grandparents Commit 20 - 40 hours per week.

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