Senior Companions are active older adults who help other adults live independently and offer companionship, socialization opportunities, moral support, information and referral services, transportation and friendship. Senior Companions are over the age of 55 and volunteer 15 to 40 hours per week, offering services to less fortunate elders within their community. Services are free for the elder in need.

Senior Companions:

  • Assist with grocery shopping and medical appointments (if the adult is unable to use other transportation services and perform daily tasks necessary to maintain independence)
  • Provide one-on-one respite and support services to caregivers who are caring for a loved one at home

Senior companions receive:

  • Pre-service and ongoing training
  • Annual physical exam
  • Supplemental insurance
  • Reimbursement of meals and transportation costs
  • A small stipend for those who qualify 
  • The joy of helping others to live on their own

Eligibility:

  • Senior Companion volunteer income cannot exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty level
  • Elder in need of service must be referred by a Senior Companion Volunteer Station
  • Elder must reside in Chicopee, Holyoke or Holland, Massachusetts; mileage reimbursement is waived for volunteers living outside these towns