Volunteer Opportunities

Senior Companion Program

You know how much you value independence in your life.  Now you can help others stay independent, too.

Families in every community struggle to care for their loved ones. By becoming a Senior Companion to a frail person, you help that person stay in their own home. Whether you are giving families or professional caregivers much-needed time off, running errands or simply being a friend, you will make a difference that strengthens and helps preserve an individual’s independence.

If you are 60 years of age or older and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Senior Companion. Senior Companions serve from 20 to 40 hours a week. Some volunteers may qualify to earn a tax-free, hourly stipend. In addition, you will receive pre-service orientation, on-going training and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.

Call ElderServe’s Senior Companion Program at (502) 587-8673 to find out more about becoming a Senior Companion.

CATCH Healthy Habits

CATCH Healthy Habits LogoVolunteers age 50 and over are needed for ElderServe’s CATCH Healthy Habits program, a unique intergenerational physical activity and nutrition program that benefits two generations:  kids and adults age 50-plus.  Many volunteers will work with children in kindergarten through the fifth grade in weekly one-hour sessions to play active games, learn about food choices and make healthy snacks. Volunteers can also contribute their skills to help with training, community awareness, coordination and other leadership roles.

Those interested should contact Kim Newberry at (502) 587-8673, ext. 2257 or email knewberry@elderserveinc.org.

Friendly Visitor Program

You can make a difference in the lives of seniors in our community!

Senior woman in a wheelchairOur Friendly Visitor program provides companions to older adults in the Metro Louisville area. Senior participants are matched with volunteers to provide friendship and emotional support to help seniors maintain their independence and well-being. Research shows that engagement with a caring volunteer is one of the most effective methods of preventative care.

With the 65+ population expected to increase to 20 percent by 2030, up from 12 percent in 2000, there has never been a more crucial time to support older adults.

In order to foster the relationship, we ask our volunteers to commit to their senior friend on a regular basis – two times per month for a minimum of one year.

Activities are decided by the volunteer and the senior adult, and some of the most popular ones include:

  • Arts & crafts
  • Reading
  • Playing games
  • Walking

For more information, contact Megan Carpenter at mcarpenter@elderserveinc.org.

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