How does a stipend volunteer program work?
Aging True operates two government-funded volunteer opportunities: the Senior Companion and RELIEF programs. Volunteers receive a small stipend for their volunteer hours, along with mileage reimbursement, to offset the cost of serving as a companion to their assigned senior client.
The parameters for each program vary. For more information on these parameters or how to volunteer, please contact program manager Francine Castillo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 904-807-1239.
Senior Companion Program
Part-time volunteer opportunities for qualifying seniors to help other more frail elders who require assistance to remain in their own homes. The Senior Companion program is all about seniors helping seniors. Some of the volunteer companion activities may include:
- Assisting with reading and writing letters, and filling out forms
- Providing companionship, at home or by escorting client to a recreational or social event
- Encouraging exercise by accompanying client on walks
- Shopping or completing errands for or with the client
- Doing light housekeeping or gardening
- Planning or preparing meals
- Helping to secure a needed service such as food stamps, visiting nurse or government assistance
RELIEF Program (Respite for Elders Living in Everday Families)
Trained volunteers provide family caregivers with a much-needed break from their care giving responsibilities for short periods of time. Volunteers receive a stipend as well as transportation and meal reimbursement. Duties of a RELIEF volunteer may include:
- Encouraging exercise and taking walks with clients
- Providing companionship by talking, listening and cheering up
- Fostering client contact with family and friends
- Writing letters, reading or filling out forms