25 Main Street
Chico, CA 95929

Tel //800-822-0109
Tel // 530-898-5923

Volunteer Foster Grand-Parent:

If you, or someone you know, is over 55 years of age, loves children and is living on a limited fixed income, become a Foster Grandparent! Foster Grandparents support children to learn and grow in preschools/daycares and elementary schools throughout Butte County. Foster Grandparent volunteers work 15 to 20 hours a week and earn a tax-free stipend. Help children. Become a Foster Grandparent. Contact a Passages Volunteer Support Specialist at (530) 898-4307.

Volunteer Senior Companion Program:

The Senior Companion Program offers older adults opportunities to serve as companions for frail elderly who require assistance to remain independent and are living in our community. They also provide an average of 15 to 20 hours of weekly service such as friendly visiting and companionship.

In return for their service Senior Companions also receive a tax-free stipend, assistance with transportation, and accident and liability insurance while on duty. In addition to these benefits, the program participants have the opportunity to share their experience with other seniors and offer emotional support to elders who face challenges remaining independent in their homes.

Senior companions must be at least 55 years of age. Seniors meeting the income eligibility requirement will receive a tax-free stipend, however, if over the income level, they can serve a non-stipend volunteer and receive all benefits excluding the stipend.

Become a Senior Companion. Contact a Volunteer Support Specialist, at PASSAGES Volunteer Services at (530) 898-4307 to find out about Senior Companion openings in your area.

Community Volunteers

PASSAGES Community Volunteer Program, a program sponsored by the CSU Chico Research Foundation, invites adults to benefit their local community by providing support to older adults struggling to remain living independently.

Community Volunteers provide the following service:

Peer Counseling
Friendly Visiting

Benefits include pre-service orientation, on-the-job training, supplemental insurance while on duty, mileage reimbursement, the chance to learn something new and meet new people, and the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference.

This program is funded through the Older Americans Act Title IIIB.

For more information contact a Passages Volunteer Services at 530-898-4307.

Volunteer Medicare Counselors:

PASSAGES Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) is in need of volunteers who are willing to become State registered HICAP counselors. Counselors help people with Medicare, or imminent to Medicare, answer questions or resolve problems dealing with health insurance, prescription drug resources, long term care insurance, and rights and protections. We are currently looking for counselors to help seniors, caregivers and adults with disabilities in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas and Tehama counties. Candidates must be computer and Internet competent.

Training begins beginning early Spring 2011 and will be held at our Chico office. For an application, or more information, please call Tim Sonnenburg at 898-6641, 9:00 AM -4:00 PM.

Become a state certified Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

Help protect resident’s rights and improve the level of care in skilled nursing and residential care facilities for the elderly (assisted living). Become a state certified Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Training is provided. Call 898-6628 or 898-5923 for information. You can also email for further information.

Volunteer Recruitment