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Senior Companion Program

Funder: Federal Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)


Check out our volunteer experiences!

Our History

The Georgia Southern University Senior Companion Program (SCP) began in the late 1980s with a federal grant from CNCS. Some of the original companions are still with the program after all these years! Our volunteers have contributed nearly 40,000 hours of one-on-one care for frail adults in the past year. Since the beginning of the program, Georgia Southern Senior Companions have contributed more than 1 million hours! The Georgia Southern University Senior Companion Program is sponsored by the Center for Social Gerontology

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About the Senior Companion Program

The mission of the GSUASCP is to provide a high quality volunteer experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers while helping the homebound, older adults and individuals with disabilities maintain their dignity and independence in their own home.

Senior Companions assist adults who need extra support to live independently in their own homes. They serve frail older adults, adults with disabilities, those with terminal illness and offer respite for care givers. Senior Companions care for adults in Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Effingham, Evans, Jenkins, Screven, and Tattnall counties. Senior Companions are matched with clients according to needs, abilities, and distance. Senior Companions serve 15-40 hours per week and earn tax-free hourly, meal, and mileage stipends. Senior Companions assist their adult clients in basic but essential ways, including:

  • Supervision for those who wander or are bed-bound
  • Offering companionship and friendship to isolated and frail adults
  • Assisting with simple chores to maintain living conditions
  • Limited transportation
  • Assisting with meals

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Becoming a Senior Companion

If you’re 55 or older and want to share your experience and compassion, then you have what it takes to be a Senior Companion. Whether you’re giving families 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. Senior Companions serve 15-40 hours per week and qualify to earn a tax-free hourly, meal, and mileage stipend that helps support them with items such as utility bills, medication, and transportation. As a Senior Companion, you’ll also attend an orientation and monthly training.

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For more information, contact Deb Pless, SCP Program Coordinator, at (912) 478-0712 or debrapless@georgiasouthern.edu.

 

Last updated: 4/12/2016

Center for Social Gerontology • (912) 478-5012 • acohen@georgiasouthern.edu