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Become a Senior Companion!

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Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

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Be a Senior Companion!

You value your independence. Now you can help other adults remain independent, too. As a Senior Companion volunteer, you’ll join a support network that creates new possibilities and improves the quality of life for adults with physical, emotional or mental health limitations, most of whom are elderly. Seniors Companion volunteers keep seniors independent longer and provide respite to family caregivers. The Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. in partnership with AmeriCorps Seniors and WestMass ElderCare sponsor this amazing opportunity Senior Companions serve up to 40 hours per week. When you volunteer, you're not just helping others -you're helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.

Senior Companions to preserve independence allowing isolated and disabled seniors to live in their home longer. Senior Companion volunteers accomplish this mission by providing regular companionship and transportation to appointments, shopping and the senior center activities.

COVID-19 Impact:
During he current Pandemic, the Senior Companion volunteers and those we served were more isolated than ever. We have lost several volunteers and are essentially rebuilding the program. This program works with AmeriCorps Seniors and WestMass ElderCare. Together we have developed safe volunteer practices.

Learn More:
To help seniors in your community, call Andrea Holden, Director of the Senior
Companion Program at the Valley Opportunity Council at 413-612-0229 or email aholden@valleyopp.com.

Bonus:
Senior Companions don’t do it for the money but many are eligible to be paid a small tax-free stipend.

More opportunities with Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

Location:

516 Chicopee Street, Chicopee, MA 01013, US

Mission Statement

The Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. is dedicated to eliminating poverty by providing the opportunity for our low- and moderate-income neighbors, families and friends in the Greater Hampden County area to achieve greater independence and a higher quality of life.

Description

Over 50 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty. It was this declaration that led to the formation of Community Action Agencies throughout the country. Today, Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) is one of 23 Community Action Agencies in Massachusetts.

VOC started out small in 1965 and was originally named the Community and Regional Opportunity Program. At that time our agency focused on community outreach, with few programs of our own. VOC has grown significantly since then and now offers over 30 programs in a wide variety of areas, including food and nutrition, energy assistance, education and child care, youth and adult programs and community outreach.

Several years ago, VOC also started investing in the local community by purchasing and renovating properties in Chicopee and Holyoke. These properties include market-rate and low-income housing as well as multiple commercial and mixed-use buildings.

When VOC first opened, our organization was only able to offer services in Chicopee and Holyoke, and today many of our programs are available to participants throughout greater Hampden County. As we continue to grow, our focus has been, and will continue to be, helping people achieve a higher quality of life.

Community
People with Disabilities
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

516 Chicopee StreetChicopee, MA 01013

(42.17987,-72.61813)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 55
  • Orientation or Training
  • You decide? Be a companion for 1-2 older adults in need and work 5 hours each week or give more time and make your own schedule. Our Senior Companions go through an application, and orientation before being placed as a Senior Companion.
  • To become a Senior Companion Volunteer you must be at least 55 years old, be available to volunteer at least 5 hours per week and have a desire to help other seniors in Chicopee and Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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