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Senior Companion Program

For nearly 40 years, Senior Corps programs(External Link) have connected more than 500,000 Americans to service opportunities in their communities.

If you’re 55 and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Senior Companion. By becoming a companion to a frail person, you help that person stay in their own home. Whether you’re giving families or professional caregivers much-needed time off, running errands, or simply being a friend, you’ll make a difference that strengthens and helps preserve an individual’s independence. And you’ll join with thousands of others to help control the rising costs of health care.

Senior Companions serve up to 40 hours per week. Some volunteers may qualify to earn a tax-free, hourly stipend. With Senior Companions, you’ll receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.

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 companion programs in New York