Eleonore McLain volunteers as a Senior Companion with Senior Companions Serving Utah & Wasatch County. She was presented an award on Aug. 26 recognizing her three years of service in the industry.

Throughout her time as a volunteer, McLain has provided 2,631 hours of community volunteer service to seniors in Eagle Mountain and in the surrounding communities.

“She is a companion to some of our seniors that can’t drive, can’t take themselves places,” says Joye Roberts, board member on the Eagle Mountain Senior Citizens Advisory Council. “She takes them to lunch here, she sometimes takes them to doctor’s appointments… She goes and plays cards with them.”

McLain enjoys her work as a volunteer because it gets her out of the house and interacting with others.

“If I wasn’t driving them, I’d just be home doing nothing,” McLain says.

The Eagle Mountain Senior Center is currently in need of senior companion volunteers. This is so more seniors in Eagle Mountain can get out and enjoy the services offered by the Senior Center.

“We need more seniors that are willing to volunteer for things. …We operate on a volunteer basis,” says Roberts. “We need more people like Eleonore.”

Volunteers for the Senior Companion program must be at least 55 years old and willing to serve 15 hours a week, according to Roberts. Volunteers will receive reimbursement for meals, transportation, plus an hourly wage.

“You don’t have to work more than you can,” says McLain. “If you can only take one person, that’s OK.”

In addition to encouraging more people to volunteer, McLain also encourages individuals to take advantage of the services offered by the Senior Companion program.

“We should have more people taking advantage of it, especially here in Eagle Mountain,” McLain says. “They don’t have to stay home because they can’t drive.”

Individuals who would like to attend events at the Senior Center but are unable to without assistance should contact the Senior Center at (801) 789-6660 or send an email to seniorcenter@emcity.org.

The Senior Center is open for free meals for seniors on Wednesdays and Thursdays and for occasional Monday night activities.  

Those interested in volunteering should contact the Mountainland Association of Governments at (801) 851-7767 or visit www.mountainland.org.