Article By:  Senior Companionship Program Director Amanda Hodgens

Newsletter   |   Nov 17, 2020

The Corporation for National and Community Service is excited to announce that instead of being known as Senior Corps, our program will now be called Americorps Seniors. Locally, we will still be known as the Senior Companion Program and our funding source will remain the same.

All SCP volunteers are currently receiving a temporary allowance which allows them to still receive their monthly stipend through December 31, 2020. Volunteers are still carrying out the companionship piece of our program by making phone calls or using Face Time to connect face to face without entering client homes. Some volunteers are writing letters and sending pictures through the mail. The program is currently developing return-to-volunteer service plans that promote both volunteer safety as well as the safety of our clients by complying with statutory and regulatory requirements.

It is with heavy hearts that we must say our final goodbye to two special volunteers for our program: Ms. Fannie Porter of Lebanon and Ms. Georgia Barnes of Springfield. Ms. Porter passed away on October 20, 2020. She was an amazing and dedicated volunteer who always had her heart in the right place when it came to helping others. Ms. Georgia Barnes passed away on October 17, 2020. She was a selfless individual with an unforgettable smile and had no limits in going above and beyond the call of duty. Each of these ladies will be terribly missed as they were true stewards of volunteerism and service.