Local and area Senior Companions honored [UPDATED]Published 9:31am Tuesday, December 4, 2012 Updated 11:38am Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Since its inception in 1974 the Senior Companion Program has offered retirees an opportunity to serve others who need assistance with the tasks of daily living. Volunteers visit homebound or isolated seniors, provide support to family caregivers, assist with grocery shopping and appoint-ments and become a friend who takes the time to listen and care. Volunteers serve 15-20 hours a week.
LSS has a new grant for “Boomer” retirees willing to serve 10 hours a week. For their service volunteers receive a small tax-free stipend, mileage, recognition and training.
Funding is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Minnesota Board on Aging and community sponsors like the Fergus Falls Senior Center, who has been the local sponsor since 2004.
For more information on the Senior Companion Program contact Kathy Sporre at 218-736-6842, Annette Contos, 218-739-3139 or Marcia Ferris, LSS Regional Manager 1-877-612-6243.