Senior Companion

Make Every Connection Count

God designed us to live lives with others—a need that only grows as we age. But in a world where family structures are changing and communities are becoming more dispersed, many older adults find themselves alone, lacking meaningful daily interactions that are crucial for mental and emotional well-being. In keeping with our commitment to be like Christ in His radical approach to seeking out those the world habitually leaves behind, the Senior Companion Program is designed to enhance the lives of seniors and volunteers alike, fostering a sense of purpose and creating joy through connection.

What We Offer

The Senior Companion Program is a powerful initiative that enables seniors to share their life’s journey. It pairs senior volunteers with like-minded peers, fostering meaningful connections and combating loneliness among seniors. Through casual chats, fulfilling activities, and creating lasting memories, the program enhances the quality of life for both seniors and their companions. By providing a supportive network and encouraging social interaction, it enriches the lives of seniors and promotes positive well-being in their golden years.


To volunteer as a Senior Companion, you need to meet the following criteria:


  • Be aged 55 or older.
  • Commit to a minimum of 15 hours of companionship per week.
  • Have reliable transportation for client visits.
  • Pass a thorough background check, ensuring a safe and trustworthy environment for all.
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of pre-service training, 20 hours of onboarding, and 20 hours of shadowing a senior companion with three or more years of experience in the program


Volunteers and clients alike will find the Senior Companion Program to be immensely rewarding. As a volunteer, here are just some of the benefits you’ll experience:

  • Earn a tax-exempt hourly stipend of $4.00.
  • For those using personal transportation, $0.45 a mile is given for travel to and from the volunteer site or a full bus fare will be reimbursed.
  • Engage in pre-placement and ongoing monthly training.
  • Enjoy scheduling flexibility with holidays and paid time off.
  • Experience the fulfillment that comes with making a meaningful difference in your community and in the lives of others.
  • We offer annual volunteer recognition to showcase the dedication and impact of our valued seniors.

Senior Companionship

To become a companion, request a companion, or become a site station partner, please use the corresponding links below. Whether you want to enrich your own life or the life of another, the Senior Companion Program is here to help you make life-changing connections. 

For additional information or to address any questions, please contact Meredith Light at (614) 857-1260, or Pam Ware at (614) 857-1237. It’s important to note that this program is accessible to all, without any discrimination based on race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion. Join us in cultivating meaningful relationships and combating social isolation—one friendship at a time.

"We've never had a bad visit. We always have a good time together."

"This program is really, really worth it. I thank God for my companion."

"I love being a senior companion because it's nice to meet people. It's just wonderful to meet and become friends."

"My companion brightens my day; she's like a sister."

"I am having a blast with my clients. We are so happy to be matched together. I have not had one regret since I started, working with the Senior Companion Program".