A Senior Companion Volunteer tells why it feels good to help others

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“It gives me a reason to get up in the morning,” said Ellen Morgan, a volunteer for Clackamas County’s Senior Companion Program, who shared her personal fulfillment while helping others during an interview with #ClackCoTV for the video series "Volunteers in Clackamas County". “It’s important because there are so many people out there that need help, (people) that have nobody to help them.”

Senior Companion volunteers help area homebound seniors and adults with disabilities complete daily tasks so they can live independently for as long and safe as possible. A Senior Companion volunteer could assist someone needing help or encouragement with basic home management needs, social participation or activities to maintain independence. There is no charge for services.

“We help people who need help… What’s not to feel good,” said Ellen.

Senior Companion Program volunteers are age 55 or older, do not work a regular 40-hour workweek, and are capable of serving adults with unique needs. Volunteers can commit to serve as little as 5 hours or as much as 40 hours per week helping adults remain independent while living in their own homes. They help to ease loneliness and isolation, assist with daily living tasks, such as shopping, getting to appointments and maintaining friendships.

Volunteers receive training, hourly stipends, meal allowance, mileage reimbursement, bi-monthly training and recognition for their important contribution. The next training opportunities are in January. To learn more or sign up, please contact Wendy Hays at 503-650-5796 or wendyhay@clackamas.us