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Serve as a friend and companion to your older neighbors making sure they can live in their own homes for as long as possible.
The Senior Companion program focuses on providing assistance and friendship to older adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as shopping or paying bills. Through this program, AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers keep seniors independent longer and provide respite to family caregivers. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers report better health and longevity having served their community.
Meet Chanh Trung Vo
Chanh Trung Vo was born and raised in Vietnam and lived there with his wife and children until 1991. When political persecution and economic hardship made staying in Vietnam impossible, the Humanitarian Operation program relocated Vo and his family to the United States. They settled in Seattle, where Vo joined AmeriCorps Seniors in 1993. He has served as an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer in the Senior Companion program with Homage Senior Services for 25 years. Vo assists elder members of the Seattle Vietnamese community in aging with dignity in their own homes.
Health and wellness. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers experience decreased anxiety, depression, and loneliness. 84% of volunteer report stable or improving health after one year of service.
Self-improvement. See the daily impact of your service as you build on the skills you already have and develop new ones.
Stipend. Some programs offer a modest stipend to qualified, low-income volunteers.
Community. Connect with others and be part of something bigger. 88% of volunteers who felt a lack of companionship reported fewer feelings of isolation after becoming an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer.
New skills. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers often tap their wealth of experience and wisdom and channel it in new directions.
Insurance. Most programs offer accident, personal liability, and excess automobile liability insurance.
To serve in AmeriCorps Seniors programs you must be:
- 55 years and older
How to Apply
Use our AmeriCorps Seniors Pathfinder tool to easily search for current AmeriCorps Seniors opportunities near you.
View contact information to connect with the opportunities you’re interested in.