Mentorship Monday – Agencies Aid Active Adults

Looking for mentorship opportunities in Oregon and Southwest Washington? There are many non-profit agencies whose mission is to pair skilled and interested older adults with either young people, or seniors in need of a little help and companionship.

Senior Corps – Oregon Volunteers! Corps connects today’s over 55 with the people and organizations that need them most. We help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Conceived during John F. Kennedy’s presidency, Senior Corps currently links more than 500,000 Americans to service opportunities. Their contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience make a real difference to individuals, nonprofits, and faith-based and other community organizations throughout the United States.

Senior Corps offers several ways to get involved. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability.

Connects volunteers age 55 and over with children and young people with exceptional needs. Volunteers mentor, support, and help some of the most vulnerable children in the United States. Foster Grandparent Programs in Oregon read more at

For a more in depth look at Foster Grandparents, one of the Senior Corps programs, their website has a ton of helpful information, as well as a moving and informative video about their mission. 

Foster Grandparents | Corporation for National and Community Service

Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.

All you need to join is the ability to give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future. If you’re 55 or older and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent.

Foster Grandparents serve from 15 to 40 hours per week in locations including schools, hospitals, juvenile correctional institutions, daycare facilities or Head Start centers.Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you will serve, supplemental accident and liability insurance, and meals while on duty. Volunteers who meet certain income guidelines also receive a small stipend.


And finally, for Busier Now members outside the Portland metro area, here is a link to a page with peer-to-peer mentorship opportunities for seniors in Marion, Yamhill and Polk counties.

Volunteer with the Senior Peer Support Program | with the Senior Peer Support Program provide free, confidential support and mentoring to older adults in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties. Please join us if you possess patience, compassionate listening skills, a willingness to learn, empathy for others and an openness to advocate for seniors who are experiencing depression, grief, and changes in physical changes. read more at

Of course these are just a few of the many fine organizations that work to pair interested older adults with people who might benefit from the generous sharing of their time and talents. Do you know of others that might be of interest? Feel free to share and join the conversation by leaving a comment, or starting a thread in the forum. We look forward to hearing from you! 


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