Senior Services Navigation

We care about our immigrant seniors and strive to enhance their quality of life with health education, service navigation, and care coordination. 

Immigrant seniors often face barriers in access to services due to Limited English Proficiency and lack of a support network. AACF’s Community Health Workers help these seniors navigate local resource with care, compassion, and dignity. Most importantly, all of our programming is designed to accommodate diverse participants with linguistical and cultural sensitivity.

Funding agencies

Funding for this program is provided by the Frederick County Government, Delaplaine Foundation, AmeriCorps, and Maryland Department of Health.

Contact Us

Gracy Zurita
Community Health Worker (Spanish)
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (301) 694-3355, ext. 1014

Elly Sedita
Community Health Worker (Chinese)
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (301) 694-3355, ext. 1021

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Transit Plus services in Frederick County

This is a curb to curb demand-response paratransit service for older adults (60+) and people with disabilities. Other transit-dependent persons may use this service on a space-available basis.

50+ Community Centers

The 50+ Community Centers offers a variety of activites such as strength training, yoga, Zumba, and line dance, discussion groups, book clubs, film club, drawing class, and health and nutrition programs. 

Senior Services Resource Directory

The Frederick County Division of Aging and Independence has published a resource guide for older adults, persons with disabilities, families, caregivers, baby boomers, and professionals.

Join AACF's Senior Mah Jongg Group

Every weekend, Senior Mah Jongg groups gathers at the Urbana Library. Contact Elly Sedita for more info.

Golden Gatherings at Hillcrest Community Center (55+)

Join AACF’s Golden Gatherings group at the Hillcrest Community Center for weekly senior activities! Contact Gracy Zurita for more information.

Americorps – Senior Companion Program

Serve as a friend and companion to older neighbors making sure they can live in their own homes for as long as possible.

AmeriCorps Senior Companion Program (SCP) focuses on providing assistance and friendship to older adults who are lonely or have difficulty with daily tasks, such as shopping or paying bills. Through this program, volunteers enrich lives, keep seniors independent longer and provide respite to family caregivers. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers themselves report better health and longevity having served their community.

Volunteers of the Senior Companion Program are individuals 55 years of age and over. They serve 15-40 hours per week helping adult clients live independently in their own homes. Senior Companion receive pre-service orientation, training, supplemental insurance while on duty, reimbursement of expenses relate to companionship, and (if eligible) a tax-free hourly stipend.

Senior Companion provide home visits and personal assistance to uplift elders who may struggle to remain living independently in their own residence, rather than exist in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Members of SCP are advocates for the elderly who may suffer from chronic health conditions, be physically and/or emotionally disabled, or otherwise require the help of a caring and knowledgeable friend and advocate.

​AmeriCorps SCP of Frederick County can pair you with a senior in need of companionship. If you have someone that you are already caring for, you may sign up together.


    • Health and wellness. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers experience decreased anxiety, depression, and loneliness. 84% of volunteer report stable or improving health after one year of service.
    • Self-improvement. See the daily impact of your service as you build on the skills you already have and develop new ones.
    • Stipend. Some programs offer a modest stipend to qualified, low-income volunteers.
    • Community. Connect with others and be part of something bigger. 88% of volunteers who felt a lack of companionship reported fewer feelings of isolation after becoming an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer.
    • New skills. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers often tap their wealth of experience and wisdom and channel it in new directions.
    • Insurance. Most programs offer accident, personal liability, and excess automobile liability insurance.

Eligibility Requirements

To serve in AmeriCorps Senior Companion Program programs you must be:

    • 55 years and older
    • Live in Frederick County, MD
    • Only those that have an annual income of less than 200% of Federal Poverty Level will qualify for tax-free hourly stipend (currently $4/hour). Federal Poverty Level depends on your household size, please refer to the following chart for details –

Funding agencies

Funding for AmeriCorps Seniors of Frederick County comes from AmeriCorps, officially Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Contact Us

Stephen Norris
Project Manager, AmeriCorps SCP
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (301) 694-3355, ext. 1005

Frank Sainfort
Program Assistant
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (301) 694-3355, ext. 1040

For general inquiries, please send an email to [email protected].

Hillcrest Community Center, 1150 Orchard Terrace, Frederick, MD 21703

10:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Fri

What is AmeriCorps SCP?

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AmeriCorps Senior Companion Program

Senior Corps volunteers from the Senior Companion programs across the country provide companionship, create friendships, and provide services that help frail seniors stay in their homes and make independence a reality.

AmeriCorps Seniors 101

Ready to tackle the challenges facing your community but not sure where to start? Join us for AmeriCorps Seniors 101, an interactive webinar to learn about thousands of AmeriCorps Seniors service opportunities for adults 55 and older.

AmeriCorps Seniors: Reasons to Serve

When you join AmeriCorps Seniors, you choose how you want to give back. Help a struggling child to learn to read. Deliver groceries to an elderly neighbor. Support a family impacted by natural disaster. 

AmeriCorps Seniors: How Volunteering has Changed Me

Use your skills and talents to make older adults’ independence a reality. Serve as an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer in our Senior Companion program and be there for someone in need.

AmeriCorps Senior Companion Program links older residents together through volunteering

For Frederick County residents over the age of 55, a local program is instilling a sense of community and joy for those who volunteer and assist neighbors in their age group.

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Get Involved

Learn more about what we do and how you can help.

In the News

Read about past and present work done by the AACF.


Visit us to find programs, services, and resources at our different locations.