These programs are community-based programs for volunteers age 60 and over to provide direct assistance to individuals. All the programs are designed to meet the needs of clients that they served.
Senior Companion and Friendly Visitor Program have volunteers provide companionship on a scheduled basis during normal working hours. This is a community-based program that assists seniors who are frail, homebound, lonely or isolated.
Foster Grandparent Program also uses senior volunteers during working business hours. Foster grandparents give of their experience and talents to improve the lives of children in need by helping children develop skills and confidence. Foster grandparents make their neighborhoods stronger by helping children with special needs achieve their goals. Foster grandparents know that they made a difference in a child life.
These programs provide seniors with an opportunity to volunteer, perhaps to earn extra money, to participate in the community and to receive the satisfaction that comes with helping people. The volunteers have people skills, flexibility, and creative mind for activity planning, retain physical health and mental alertness. Volunteers undergo a criminal background check and annual physical examination before they are hired. Senior companions and foster grandparents must be willing to work a maximum of twenty hours per week. Senior citizens must also be available pre-service orientation and regular in-service training once a month.