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Become a Senior Companion

Become a Senior Companion 

Every day in communities across Minnesota, LSS Senior Companion volunteers are sharing their time and talents - enhancing the lives of older adults to stay active, healthy and remain living in their own homes.  

By volunteering as a Senior Companion, you can make a positive difference by providing weekly visits that keep older adults feeling well – both physically and emotionally. 

Get started today.

What Companions Do 

Senior Companions provide non-medical support to older adults through weekly visits and: 

  • Offer encouragement, support and friendship 
  • Share hobbies and interests such as playing cards, doing a puzzle or going for a walk 
  • Provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and errands 
  • Assist with correspondence and simple household tasks 
  • Provide a break for family caregivers 

Benefits of volunteering

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  • Do something new, meaningful and fun  
  • Be matched with someone who shares your interests 
  • Earn a non-taxable stipend of $2.65 per hour (with 10+ hours of service per week) 
  • Receive training that includes orientation, team meetings and workshops 
  • Meal allowance when required criteria is met 
  • Transportation reimbursement and accident/liability insurance while volunteering

To qualify as a volunteer: 

  • You must be 55+ and in good general health 
  • Have dependable transportation and be willing to travel in your service area 
  • Have compassion, patience and respect for others 
  • Be flexible and available with service activity schedule 
  • Work well with diverse individuals, families, groups and organizations 

Get started today 

To become a Senior Companion or learn more, please contact us.
 

The Senior Companion Program is part of the national Senior Corps of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Since 1974, Senior Companion volunteers have shared their time and compassion with older adults in their communities.