Befriender Volunteer: All over metro area!

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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1800 Chicago AveAll over metro areaMinneapolis, MN 55404


Purpose: To help client’s experiencing isolation, vulnerability or disability. Help enhance the quality of life and build a client’s ability to be independent, and provide companionship by engaging in one to one activities.


      • To provide friendship and companionship
      • To share activities and/or outings that enhance client’s life
      • To be a listening friend as the client reconciles her/his life situation
      • To monitor the client’s well-being and ability to live independently
      • To note and report any changes or concerns to the assigned staff person
      • To support the client in learning/using beneficial community resources
      • To encourage self-reliance and recreational, spiritual, cultural, community and multigenerational involvement with others

Requirements: The volunteer must be reliable, patient, willing to establish a healthy relationship with a client, have good listening skills, have a valid MN drivers license and a good driving record or access to public transportation.

A volunteer must complete the online application, interview and orientation process, provide 2 references, agree to department policies including data privacy and confidentiality, pass a criminal background check, and attend training.

Time Commitment: Meet with a client 2 to 4 times per month for a minimum of 6 months. Volunteer must schedule these meetings in advance with the client, and inform Social Worker and Coordinator of Volunteer of any changes.

Location: Visits may take place in the client’s home, a medical facility or out in to the community. All clients live within Hennepin County.


  • Enhanced quality of life by establishing meaningful and healthy relationships withe a community member who is a client of our department
  • Opportunity to learn new skills and improve existing skills
  • Access to specialized training at no cost
  • Mileage reimbursement for visits and outings
  • Letters of recommendation can be provided upon request

To apply to become a volunteer, please fill out this application:


  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Case Work / Management

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approx 2-4 visits a month for 6 months

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