The Mentor program was introduced to the community in 1991. Through the years it has become known and respected by area professionals for the compassionate care offered by the volunteers involved in the program. Since its introduction, this program has offered help to hundreds of older adults living in Dane County - one at a time. The Elder Mentor program is a program of Aging Services of Catholic Charities. Volunteers provide services aimed at helping older adults remain independent and living in the community as long as possible. Support is provided for persons 55+ years of age, regardless of religious affiliation, living in Dane County. Visits are scheduled by the volunteer and the person they are serving on an individual basis. The services offered are as diverse as the skills and interests of the volunteer mentors. Some of the services offered include: friendly visiting by phone or direct visits, checkbook balancing, bill paying, letter or email writing, help with errands and transportation, and reading. Volunteers are offered training in various areas of the aging process. This ensures a service that meets the high standards of Catholic Charities, an agency accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc. Although a few clients receive service one time only, most volunteers develop an ongoing relationship with the elder.