The Natchitoches Parish Government’s Office of Community Services hosted its annual Senior Companion Recognition on June 19. This year’s recognition had a different feel to it, as the continuing spread of Covid-19 limited the ability of the Senior Companion volunteers to congregate in one place. The OCS staff was determined to recognize the valuable work of the volunteers, though, and so they organized the first ever drive-by Senior Companion Recognition.

“Normally a Senior Companion Recognition involves a full program and a sit-down lunch, however this wasn’t an option”, said Linda Jordan, Senior Companion Program Director. “We wanted to recognize our Seniors Companions for their diligent work over this past year and still keep everyone safe.” The Senior Companions paraded through the OCS parking lot as Ms. Jordan, OCS Executive Director Sharon Harris, Senior Corp Advisory Board Member Betty Smith, and OCS Secretary Natasha McHenry gave each Senior Companion a lunch, certificate, and thank you token.

The Senior Companion Program is comprised of volunteers aged 55 and over. These volunteers provide assistance and friendship to seniors who have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as shopping or paying bills. The program aims to keep seniors independent longer and provide respite to family caregivers.

If you would like to get involved and become a Senior Companion volunteer, please contact our Office of Community Services at 318.357.2220