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People Inc. Senior Companion Program


The People Inc. Senior Companion Program assists older adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks so that they can retain their dignity and independence. Among other activities, the Senior Companion may assist with tasks, such as grocery shopping and errands; providing friendship and companionship; alerting doctors and family members to potential problems and providing respite for caregivers. 

Senior Companions are volunteers age 55 years or older from Erie County who meet income eligibility requirements. They serve frail older adults, adults with disabilities and those with terminal illnesses. Senior Companions are supervised by the professional staff of People Inc. and other collaborating agencies. All Senior Companions receive 20 hours of pre-service orientation, as well as four hours of in-service training monthly. In total, senior companions complete 40 hours of orientation training. Senior Companions earn a tax-free hourly stipend plus travel and meal reimbursement.

Are you a current Senior Companion volunteer? Recruit a friend to volunteer and get a $25 gift card. Hurry - offer good only for a limited time!

NEW/UPDATE: Now Accepting Recipients for Senior Companion Friendly Caller Opportunity
The People Inc. Senior Companion Program is providing a “Phone Connection” for recipients who qualify and would benefit from making regular connections. This serves as an alternative to providing in-home visits, which are limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The program is now enrolling recipients who are 55 or older and living in Erie County. They will receive the benefit of socialization and a conversation with friendly volunteers. Companions will call recipients once a week and share any concerns with program staff, who then make referrals to family members or other resources. Registering for the program is free and easy. To enroll, or to recommend an older adult whom you assist, contact Alissa Yax at or 716.768.2381.

Senior Companion Volunteer Application

Senior Companion Program Participant Referral Form

Information: 716.768.2381


Western New York 1219 North Forest Road | P.O. Box 9033 | Williamsville, New York 14231 | Phone: 716.817.7400 | Toll Free NY 1.888.7PEOPLE | Fax: 716.634.3889

Rochester 1860 Buffalo Road | Rochester, NY 14624 | Phone 585.441.9300 | Fax 585.441.9398

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