Volunteer Programs

Senior Companion Program (SCP)

Fifth Street Senior Center
600 West Fifth Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
(909) 384-5413

Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Oscar Rivas, Community Services Program Coordinator

SCP Program Flyer (click here for more information)

Senior Companions are volunteers aged 55 and over who make a difference by providing assistance and friendship to adults with special needs. Senior Companions help these adults remain independent in their homes instead of having to move to more costly institutional care. Senior Companions give families or professional caregivers time off from their duties, run errands, and often provide friendship for their clients.  Senior Companion Volunteers have a regularly, weekly day schedule with each client.

  •  Senior Companions offer adults with special needs contact with the world outside of their homes, making their lives less isolated. Along the way, Senior Companions find out that few things feel as good as knowing they are needed.
  • Among other activities, they provide friendship and companionship; assist with running basic errands; accompany clients to social activities; alert doctor and family members to potential problems and provide respite to family caregivers.
  • Those who meet certain income guidelines receive a small stipend. All SCP volunteers receive accident and liability insurance and meals while on duty, reimbursement for transportation, and monthly training. 

Senior Companions are a vital resource to their communities. Become a Senior Companion today. This is a friendship that can last a lifetime!


  • 55 years of age and older

  • Volunteer a minimum of 10 hours per week

  • Pass clearance to work with older adults by a DOJ/FBI LiveScan and the National Sex Offender Public Website

  • Current California Driver License, own your own vehicle and provide proof of current auto insurance

  • Physician clearance

  • Live within the designated service area (San Bernardino, Highland, Rialto, Colton, Grand Terrace, Fontana, Loma Linda, Redlands, Yucaipa, Mentone, Victorville, Hesperia, and Apple Valley)

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Fifth Street Senior Center
600 West Fifth Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
Monday - Thursday, 7:30am - 5:00pm

Nicolette Wilson, Community Services Program Coordinator

What is AmeriCorps Senior Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)?

The AmeriCorps Senior Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) connects individual age 55 years and better put their skills and life experience to work for their communities. AmeriCorps Senior RSVP volunteer's server from a few hours to forty hours a week. They do just about everything - from making daily calls to provide wellness calls and companionship over the phone to tutoring homeless children, working with veterans, and volunteering to mentor and coach children in the community through the City of San Bernardino Parks and Recreation. However, they choose to serve, AmeriCorps Senior RSVP volunteers meet critical community needs.
For forty-six years, AmeriCorps Senior RSVP has matched problems to be solved with people willing to help. Today, more than 300,000 volunteers tackling projects in communities nationwide.

RSVP Informational Flyer

RSVP Volunteer Enrollment Form