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OPWDD’s Senior Companion Program

Become a Senior Companion Today!

Along with the satisfaction of knowing you’re making a difference, Senior Companions receive:

  • A tax-free stipend
  • Paid vacation, sick leave and other benefits
  • A daily meal allowance or a meal
  • Transportation or mileage reimbursement
  • Pre-service and on-going training

Senior companions don’t need medical or technical skills, only a willingness to share their time and talents.

The Senior Companion Program offers adults with developmental disabilities:

  • Greater community inclusion
  • A helping hand when needed
  • Socialization opportunities
  • A chance to fine-tune their daily living skills
  • A valued friendship

Senior Companions aren’t staff, or program aides, but people who are willing to offer support and friendship to adults with developmental disabilities.

Is becoming a Senior Companion right for you?
Senior Companions must:

  • Be at least 55 years old
  • Be able to volunteer 15-40 hours per week
  • Be income eligible
  • Love to help people

The Senior Companion Program has locations conveniently set up all throughout the state of New York, so no matter where you live you can become a Senior Companion!

Brooklyn DC
Brooklyn, NY
Broome DDSO 
Binghamton, NY
Capital District DDSO
Saratoga Springs, NY
Rome, NY 
CNY Developmental Services
Syracuse, NY
Finger Lakes DDSO
Leicester, NY
Monroe DC 
Rochester, NY 
Newark Office
Newark, NY
Long Island DDSO 
Long Island, NY
Sunmount DDSO 
Tupper Lake, NY
Hudson Valley DDSO
Thiells, NY
Wassaic, NY
West Seneca DC 
West Seneca, NY 
  Cortland County
Cortland, NY

The Senior Companion program began in 1979. By 1982 there were 221 Senior Companions enrolled, serving approximately 500 individuals. After 37 years the Senior Companion Program continues to enhance the lives of individuals every day.

Today the Senior Companion Program is still going strong with 355 Senior Companions serving 710 individuals.