From May 9-15, Volunteer Maine celebrated the week formerly known as Senior Corps Week, a national celebration of service that had been hosted by the AmeriCorps federal office. With May also being Older Americans Month, Volunteer Maine celebrated its own Maine AmeriCorps Seniors week through content takeovers on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. This blog series will summarize the stories, facts and info shared during the week. Join us in honoring Maine's dedicated AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers!
Get to know Maine's AmeriCorps Seniors Programs: Senior Companions
AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companions provides grants to organizations to engage low-income Americans 55 and older in providing supportive, individualizes services to help older adults and adults maintain their dignity and independence. (Courtesy: AmeriCorps)
- Senior Companion Program sponsored by The Opportunity Alliance: Senior Companions make independence a reality for frail elders and their families by providing companionship, increased socialization, transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other essential errands, and respite for family caregivers.
- University of Maine Center on Aging Senior Companion Program: Through the University of Maine Center on Aging Senior Companion Program, homebound elders are able to maintain their independence by living in place longer thanks to regular visits from Senior Companion Volunteers who are dedicated, active individuals age 55 and older.
Service snapshot: UMaine Center on Aging
Between July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, Senior Companions served over 260 homebound clients and attended 2,005 hours of training.
To learn more about Senior Companions in Maine, use the link below.
Want to join Senior Companions in Maine? Check out the AmeriCorps Seniors Pathfinder -- just use the link below.