The Institute of Gerontology at the University of the District of Columbia has received a $109,000 grant from Action, the federal volunteer service agency, to establish a senior companion program in the District.

Action established the program in 1973 to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for low-income older adults who serve as friends and companions to other older adults who are lonely, homebound, institutionalized or in need of special personal attention.

The UDC program, which will operate under the auspices of the College of Education and Human Ecology's Institue of Gerontology, at 1100 Harvard St. NW, Room 114, will recruit and train about 67 low-income older adults to serve as senior companions. They will work with older adults in their homes or at group facilities such as public housing projects, senior citizen centers, mental institutions and hospitals.

Recruitment for persons to serve as senior companions is to begin Dec. 1. Successful applicants will begin two weeks of training on Jan. 15, with field work beginning Feb. 1. Program participants will receive $2 per hour for a 20-hour week. Transportation, a lunch allowance and a free physical exam will be provided. Interested persons may contact Calvin Fields at 727-2278. w