GVM: Spark Generations with the Senior Companion Program

April is Global Volunteer Month! GVM is a time to celebrate the impact of nonprofits that harness the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, build stronger, more vibrant communities and take action that changes the world.

This especially resonates with us at Spark the Change Colorado, where our mission is to spark change and inspire a movement of good through the power of service, volunteerism, and civic engagement. We envision a world with stronger, more resilient, equitable, and connected communities, all thanks to the invigorating power of volunteers and changemakers like you!

There are so many innovative ways to Be the Spark and Join the Movement, and we at Spark are here to help you navigate your own civic engagement journey! Throughout GVM, we’ll be sharing about our own programs, recognizing some of our amazing volunteers, and highlighting the programs of other nonprofits across the state doing vital work for our communities! Follow along with our blog and socials or check out our website to learn more today!

Senior Companion Program

This vitally important program is part of AmeriCorps Seniors, a national service government agency. Spark the Change powers two AmeriCorps Seniors Programs: The Senior Companion Program and RSVP. The Senior Companion Program engages individuals 55 years and better to realize the independence of older adults in their home and as a team, continue to be vibrant, contributing members of our communities. We serve in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties. Coming soon to Pueblo County!

What Does SCP Do?

This program is designed to engage people as volunteers who are aged 55 years and better who offer companionship and friendship to their clients of the same age range. Companions Spark Connections in a variety of ways, including:

  • Providing transportation to medical appointments or to social events
  • Helping with grocery shopping and other shopping
  • Assisting with simple chores like putting away groceries, preparing meals, washing dishes
  • Reading or helping with mail, email, newspapers or magazines
  • Alerting family members or caregivers to potential health issues or home life situations

Benefits to Companions include:

  • Opportunity to use life experiences, time and talent to enhance the lives of others
  • Chance to learn new and exciting things about other people and the community in which they live
  • If income eligible, a modest non-taxable stipend of $3.00/hour of service
  • Paid personal time off during year of service
  • Assistance with meals and travel reimbursement
  • Accident and liability insurance while in service
  • Paid pre-service and monthly training sessions
  • Paid annual physical
  • Community recognition for the invaluable service they provide

Ready to get engaged and make a lasting impact with the Senior Companion Program?? Contact Emily Garrigus, egarrigus@sparkthechangecolorado.org and 303.623.1541 or visit our website to get started today!

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