"Senior companions do what friends do for friends!"
Do you know of someone who needs a friend? Senior Services administers a Senior Companion Program (SCP) that partners senior volunteers with adults living independently, in need of companionship and a helping hand. In addition to paying a friendly visit, the companions often perform a variety of tasks, such as shopping for groceries, writing a letter, or fixing a light meal. In some cases, the senior companion plays a vital role in the life of their client, providing a much-needed link from the community to that home.
Senior Companions are part of the National Senior Corps program, a federally funded, stipend-paid “friends-helping-friends” volunteer program. Senior Companion volunteers, ages 55+ are partnered with other senior adults who simply need companionship and a helping hand.
Senior Companion volunteers are matched with clients who live right in their own communities. They visit regularly, offer friendly conversation, and help around the house with light tasks, and maybe a bit of cooking. They are happy to provide a quick trip out to the doctor’s office, the grocery store, or even an afternoon out to enjoy a local cultural event. The Senior Companion plays a vital role in the life of their client, helping them to remain independent and connected to the community.
No fee! - This service is free to those who need assistance.
If you need this service, know of someone who could benefit, or are interested in becoming a senior companion volunteer, call the senior companion coordinator at (757) 461-9481, ext. 113.
- Must be age 55+ and retired
- All prospective volunteers must successfully pass a thorough criminal background check, as well as a wellness screening to include a tuberculosis test from their own physician prior to acceptance into the program
*The Senior Companion Program receives support from the United Way of South Hampton Roads.