Companion Services

We are hiring! Orcas Senior Center is seeking applicants for a Companion Services Coordinator. Go here to read more about the position.

Companion Services at Orcas Senior Center matches vetted and trained volunteers with senior, ill, or disabled adults for consistent, weekly, and long-term engagement to provide opportunities for socialization, while monitoring physical and emotional well-being. Volunteers may also act as conduits to resources and bring awareness to potential problems and needs.  

Companion Services currently consists Hearts and Hands, which provides in-person and in-home companionship and practical assistance; and Buddy Check-In, which provides telephone (or other remote means, i.e., video conferencing) monitoring companionship. Volunteers are trained to be sensitive to the needs of our service recipients and to respect each person’s right to compassion, confidentiality, and dignity at all phases of life.  


Hearts and Hands

Hearts and Hands was originally funded through seed money granted by the national Faith in Action programs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It is now supported by individual and community donations, fundraising events, and grants. 

Hearts and Hands provides in-person and in-home companionship and practical assistance for senior, ill, or disabled adults for consistent, weekly, and long-term engagement. It provides opportunities for socialization, while monitoring physical and emotional well-being. Volunteers may also act as conduits to resources and bring awareness to potential problems and needs.  

If you – or someone you know – is coping with chronic or life-threatening disease, disability, frailty, or isolation, contact our office at (360) 370-0562 or John@orcasseniors.org. There is no fee for our services. 


Buddy Check-In Program

The Buddy Check-In program was initiated during the COVID-19 outbreak and originally funded by the Community Emergency Response Fund of the Orcas Island Community Foundation. It is now supported by individual and community donations, fundraising events, and grants.  

Buddy Check-In provides telephone (or other remote means, i.e., video conferencing) monitoring companionship for senior, ill, or disabled adults for consistent, weekly, and long-term engagement. Volunteers are trained to be sensitive to the needs of our service recipients and to respect each person’s right to compassion, confidentiality, and dignity at all phases of life.  

Are you a senior or disabled adult who would appreciate having a Volunteer Buddy checking in on you? If so, please click the button below. (If you need help in registering, please contact our office (360) 376-0562 or John@orcasseniors.org.)

If you are a community member who would like to be a Volunteer Buddy, please click the button below.

Hearts and Hands Volunteer Portal