I have FIVE Spanish-speaking men who are lonely and desperately need socialization in Astoria. A few need help with pet care and they all need a friend to visit them. If you have a little free time you could dedicate to getting to know someone and speak Spanish and English, please contact me! Friendly visiting is an easy, fun, rewarding way to become involved in your community. Other languages are also needed!
The Friendly Visitor Program is run by Sunnyside Community Services and covers areas of Western Queens including Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Corona, Forest Hills, Flushing, Maspeth, Middle Village, Long Island City, Ridgewood, Sunnyside, Woodside and more. I have lots of seniors throughout Queens, all waiting for a volunteer to visit them!
Friendly Visitors are volunteers who visit home bound elderly for about an hour each week in their homes. Volunteers reduce feelings of isolation, and help improve seniors' mental and physical health. Seniors are able to stay in their homes and communities longer. Volunteers can dramatically improve the quality of a seniors' life.
The Friendly Visitor Program is funded by grants from CityMeals-on-Wheels and serves homebound seniors who receive meal deliveries. Clients receiving visitors are often unable to go outside on their own and depend on visitors for social interaction.
Friendly Visitors receive training, support and feedback from the Friendly Visiting Coordinator. We will match you with someone who shares your interests and schedule. Many volunteers visit on evenings and weekends. Volunteers must be 18 years old.