Senior Companion Volunteers help other adults live fuller, more independent lives. Your time and companionship will enable other adults to remain in their own homes longer, prevent feelings of loneliness and isolation while improving self-esteem and give time off to families or family caregivers. Senior Companions provide weekly social visits, assist with transportation to grocery stores and medical appointments, provide respite care and assist with simple chores.
The Senior Companion Program is open to volunteers age 55 and older who can serve between 15-20 hours a week. You do not need formal experience just time, compassion and the desire to help. You’ll receive pre-service orientation and training. Income eligible volunteers receive a tax-free hourly stipend to help cover costs. All volunteers receive reimbursement for transportation and supplemental accident and liability insurance while in service.
Volunteers are needed in Will, Grundy, Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. Volunteers are assigned to clients in their community, usually within 10 miles of their home.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About KANKAKEE/IROQUOIS COUNTIES SCP
Catholic Charities, Dio. of Joliet, 249 S Schuyler Ave, Kankakee, IL 60901, US
The Senior Companion Program (SCP) is one of three programs comprising the National Senior Service Corps. SCP of Kankakee and Iroquois County is sponsored locally by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, since 1992. The Senior Companion Program is a volunteer service initiative in which people age 60 and older provide assistance and friendship to adults who are home-bound and generally living alone. Senior Companions also provide respite care to relieve live-in caregivers for short periods of time.
The Senior Companion Program offers an opportunity to assist homebound, frail, lonely peers through regularly scheduled home visits. Volunteers earn a modest tax-free stipend and mileage reimbursement. Volunteers serve for 20 hours per week.