The Senior Companion Program provides an increasingly important and needed to service to individuals striving to maintain independent living. Senior Companion volunteers play a critical role in assisting these individuals to continue living in their own homes rather than long-term care institutional placement. They provide companionship, advocacy and assistance with tasks of daily living and essential errands. Senior Companion service activities might include companionship through visits, transportation, meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping , playing cards, reminiscing or just enjoying the friendship of a peer. Senior Companion volunteers receive an hourly stipend, mileage reimbursement, meal allowances and other benefits. These benefits do not reduce any governmental assistance and are not taxable.