Senior Companion Program (SCP)

Article By:  Mary Jean Blake, SCP Director

Newsletter   |   Nov 16, 2023

The Senior Companion Program (SCP) is actively looking for volunteers! 

On October 26, volunteers with the Senior Companion Program gathered with seniors from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) to be recognized by their program directors for the hours of service they provide in their community. Each year participants look forward to this opportunity to gather for a special meal and time of fellowship with one another as they are celebrated for their contributions in our communities. This year 15 of our 18 current volunteers were able to come together in Elizabethtown at The American Legion Post 113. They were able to chat with other volunteers in the area about their different experiences in the Senior Companion Program, enjoy a wonderful meal provided by the Post, and receive a gift and recognition for their service.

We are proud of our Senior Companions, and our new Project Director is looking forward to getting to know them all better and working with them to serve other seniors in our community. Some of the tasks performed by our Senior Companions are light housework, helping seniors dress, transporting them to the store or appointments, playing cards, reading, or just talking and listening to them.

If you would like to be a Senior Companion or know someone you believe would enjoy helping others in this way, please contact Mary Jean Blake at 270-692-2136 or Senior Companions must be 55 or older, qualify financially, and be able to pass fingerprint and name-based background checks. Senior Companions can earn a stipend of $4 per hour, and be reimbursed for mileage, as well as some meals while working. The program is available in Marion, Washington, Nelson, Hardin, Grayson, and Breckinridge Counties.