Who Are Senior Programs Volunteers?

The Senior Programs of Community Action Partnership of North Alabama (The Partnership) is the heart and soul of senior volunteering in a small three-county area (Cullman, Lawrence, and Morgan counties).

Services provided by The Partnership’s Senior Programs include Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions, which are both Senior Corp programs of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

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The CNCS defines Foster Grandparents as role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The Foster Grandparent program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.

Senior Companions provide assistance and friendship to older adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as shopping or paying bills. They help these adults remain independent in their homes instead of having to move to more costly institutional care. Senior Companions also offset the responsibilities that typically fall on family members or professional caregivers.

Income-eligible Senior Program volunteers receive a small tax-free stipend for their contributions, which helps to supplement their fixed incomes.  And all volunteers receive reimbursement for their mileage to offset any out-of-pocket travel expenses.

Those interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion may apply on our website here.

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Author: Community Action Partnership of North Alabama

Community Action Partnership of North Alabama (The Partnership) is a member of the national Community Action Partnership network. Community Action Partnership is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that provides technical assistance, training and other resources to Community Action Agencies, nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to combat poverty across the United States.

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