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Senior Companion Program

A national volunteer service initiative through which low-income women and men 55 years of age and older receive stipends to provide respite and companion services to homebound older adults and people with disabilities.
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(520) 323-1708 x 248

It’s hard to say who benefits more – the clients, whose quality of life improves as they feel less isolated, or the companions themselves. Our volunteers say helping others enriches their lives and helps them work through their own aches and pains. Call and volunteer today!

To be a Senior Companion, you must:

  • Be at least 55 years old
  • Be physically able and willing to volunteer at least 15 hours per week
  • Desire to make a difference in the lives of others
  • Pass local, state and federal background checks

Benefits of being a Senior Companion include:

  • A tax-free stipend ($2.65 per hour), for those who income-qualify
  • Reimbursement for approved travel, for those who income-qualify
  • Close friendships and the knowledge that you make a difference
  • Accident and liability insurance coverage while on volunteer duty
  • Annual physical examination
  • Pre-service orientation and monthly training sessions

Senior Companion volunteers are assigned to clients through partner agency stations. If you are interested in receiving Senior Companion Services, please contact the Program Office, at (520) 323-1708 ext. 248, to determine your eligibility for the partner agencies. Senior Companion services are not income- or age-dependent, but priority is given to those with the greatest economic and social need.

Services are made possible by the City of Tucson, the Corporation for National & Community Service (Senior Corps), Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment, Ellen Kaye, John F. Long Foundation, Knisley Family Foundation, Pima County Outside Agency, the Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Southern Arizona Foundation, the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

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