The Senior Companion Program consists of low income seniors who volunteer to assist other frail seniors in Fresno and Madera counties. The intent of the program is to help seniors live independently in their own homes as long as possible with a companion to help them complete tasks that they cannot do on their own. There is no cost to clients who are in need of a companion.
Senior Companion Volunteers must be at least 55 years of age and meet income requirements. All applicants meeting the established criteria are invited to attend training before they are referred to partner agencies in the community who facilitate this part of the program. The program does not place companions directly into the homes of clients; the referral process is done in collaboration with partner agencies called “Volunteer Stations.”
The program will assess a person’s needs and direct them to the agency best suited to place a trained companion with a client. All prospective companions must have a background check, be fingerprinted, and they must have clearance to volunteer from their primary physician. Training to become a Senior Companion takes place twice a year. Applications in both English and Spanish are accepted and kept on file until training dates become available.
Companions assist in a wide range of areas including: light meal prep, shopping, light household tasks, respite care and most importantly friendship. They also aid in helping clients to maintain happy healthy independent lives. For their weekly 20 hours of volunteer service a companion receives a modest non-taxable stipend, transportation allowance and the proven benefits of volunteering, better health and increased happiness. The current stipend amount is $2.65 per hour. Stipends are not treated as wages or income for any purpose as stipulated by Law.
Please call us at (559) 498-6377 for more information.