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ORGANIZATION: Sunnyside Community Services

Stuck at home during the Pandemic but still interested in building community right here in Queens? We are looking for YOU.

Connect from the comfort of your own home and make a difference in the life of a senior today!

With your senior you can:

  • Chat over the phone
  • Video chat
  • In the future, help with their pet.
  • In the future, visit in person providing companionship.
All volunteers must:
  • Provide proof of vaccination status.
  • Live in the New York tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut) and be at least 18 years old.
  • Commit at least six months to participating in our program to build a meaningful relationship with their matched older adult.
  • Provide two references and consent to a background check (more information in the application).

Reach out to us today!

Ordinarily, our Friendly Visiting volunteers usually visit seniors, but due to the pandemic, our volunteers are making friendly phone calls to seniors. You will be matched with one senior and call them every week.

With your phone buddy, you can:

  • Develop a friendship with a senior
  • Hear interesting stories
  • Video chat with Face Time or Zoom
  • Talk about favorite books & movies
  • Play games like chess online
  • Attend virtual workshops together
Please reach out to Lauren Wade or Jennie Thomas, to learn more about how you can change a senior's life!

Please note that all volunteers must be over 18 years old, live in New York City, New Jersey or Connecticut, and provide proof of vaccination.

Lauren Wade, LMSW

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers, They/Them/Theirs
Assistant Division Director for Senior Services
718-784-6173 ext. 317 |

Jennie Thomas

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Administrative Assistant for Friendly Visiting, Pet Pals, and Senior Chat
718-784-6173, ext. 547 |

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About Sunnyside Community Services


43 - 31 39th Street, Sunnyside, NY 11104, US

Mission Statement

Sunnyside Community Services' mission is to enrich the lives of Western Queens' residents by providing caring, quality services to meet their social, health, educational, and recreational needs and thereby strengthen our multicultural community.


Sunnyside Community Services is a settlement house serving over 18,000 youth, seniors, homebound persons, new immigrants, and families each year. Our vision is to be a pioneer in the provision of integrated services that address the changing, complex needs of the community.


Animals, Community, Seniors


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Customer Service
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Spanish
  • Networking
  • People Skills


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • 6 months.

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