Caring Companion Program
Caring Companions do what friends do for friends
Can You Help?
You have the experience, wisdom, and know how to make a difference in your community. The Caring Companion Program (CCP) of northwest Minnesota needs your help. We will match you with seniors who are in need of assistance to remain living in their own homes – right here in Becker, Clay, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties. Through your gifts of time and friendship, you can share something very special – YOURSELF!
Call us at 800-584-7020 or 218-281-5832. You may also email us at Marley.Melbye@tvoc.org. If you would like to fill out a Caring Companion application please Click Here. (Fillable Application)
Who Can Become a Caring Companion?
- Be age 50 or over
- Be willing to volunteer 2 – 40 hours each week
- Have reliable transportation
- Those who love to help their neighbors
- Pass required background checks
- Federal mileage reimbursement rate for transportation
- Orientation and training
- Accident / Personal Liability Insurance / Excess automobile coverage
Those You Help Benefits:
- Assistance with important daily tasks
- Encouragement to remain active
- A watchful eye to notice when they need extra care
- Friendships that last a lifetime
Responding to the Needs of Seniors:
The Caring Companion Program (CCP), is a program that provides opportunities for volunteers to work with one of our most valuable resources – today’s seniors. One Caring Companion states, “It’s a two-sided procedure. Naturally the primary purpose is to help those who need assistance, those who are cooped up indoors or even unable to drive. I certainly look forward to seeing my clients and I know they look forward to seeing me. But how has the Caring Companion Program changed my life? A great deal. Prior to becoming a Caring Companion volunteer, I sat in the living room and stared out the window. I had no incentive to do much of anything. Now I am busy as much as I want to be. I look forward to seeing each of my clients. I feel useful and needed, whether it is just sitting there chatting, playing games, eating out, or taking them to a doctors appointment. Each client is different, each has a different need, and I am flexible enough to adjust to their needs. I learn new games, listen to their problems, and reminisce. I have empathy with their medical situations and adjust to their mental capabilities. It is a wonderful feeling to relate to others. It is a win-win situation for all involved.”
Sample of the Activities you Might Do as a Caring Companion:
- Help with errands
- Letter writing
- Help people become less lonely
- Transportation to grocery store, Dr. Appointments, etc.
- Many other activities.
Who is Eligible for Companion Services?
Clients are referred to the Caring Companion Program via Public Health agencies, Social Service Agencies, family members, Area Agency on Aging, area clinics and hospitals. Some clients refer themselves for services. If you or know someone who is in need of a Caring Companion please contact your Social Service Agency or Public Health Agency, or us directly at our office: 800-584-7020 or 218-281-5832 and we will assist you in obtaining the information needed to begin receiving services.
The Caring Companion Program of northwest Minnesota is sponsored by Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.