Volunteer Programs

Volunteer Programs

Senior Companion Program

Are you interested in helping your elderly and younger disabled neighbors? Would you like to assist people in their goals of living independently? Would you like to know if you qualify for a tax free hourly stipend for your services?

If you become a Senior Companion, you will help the elderly and younger disabled by:
  • Providing companionship, talking, listening, sharing experiences, playing games or cards, etc.
  • Helping to keep clients in contact with family, friends and the outside world
  • Providing transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store, social events, other household and personal errands
  • Assisting clients to live independently with dignity
  • Being a friend


Consider joining the Senior Companion Program and making a difference today!

A Senior Companion:
  • Is 60 years of age and older
  • Has a yearly physical evaluation, TB testing and flu shots
  • Receives supplemental liability insurance
  • May receive a tax-free hourly stipend, if income guidelines qualify
  • Receives pre-service and ongoing monthly companion training and yearly driver safety training
  • Receives mileage reimbursement and meals.


Senior Companions are helping hundreds of frail elderly and younger disabled neighbors stay in their own familiar surroundings for as long as safely possible. There are thousands of others who need help and assistance in order to live at home.


We need your help! Fill out an application online, or for more information please call:
Linn and Benton counties
1046 6th Ave. SW, Albany

Lincoln County
140 NE 4th St., Newport

The Senior Companion Program and Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored in part by: Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Samaritan Health Services, Samaritan Lifeline Program, and numerous local city and county agencies and programs dedicated to improving the lives of our frail elderly and younger disabled neighbors.

Note: If you are a senior or a younger disabled person who would like to receive the services of a Senior Companion, please go to the "Hospital Services" Web page of your local Samaritan Health Services hospital. Or, you may phone 541-967-8630 in Linn and Benton counties, or 541-336-2289 in Lincoln County.


Hospice Volunteers

Volunteers find immense satisfaction is helping the dying retain some control over their lives and live out what is left of life as a person, not just a patient.

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice offers a seven-week overview of the physical, psychological, familial and spiritual aspects of dying each spring. Independent study is also available as a training option.

For more information, contact Karen McLain, volunteer coordinator, 541-812-4677, kmclain@samhealth.org.

Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital
For more information, contact Sherrie Flinn, volunteer coordinator, 541-574-1811, sflinn@samhealth.org.