The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The Friendly Visitor Program matches volunteers with frail and isolated elders. Through one-on-one visits the program offers companionship, helps alleviate loneliness, promotes aging with dignity.
Volunteers visit their elder friend every week for about an hour. Friendly Visitor activities may include: sharing memories, helping with errands, sharing a holiday, keeping company with an elder or taking a walk. The time and day you meet with your elder is flexible and up to you and the elder to decide. All volunteers receive training and ongoing support from the JF&CS Friendly Visitor Program Manager.
Commit to visiting their elder once a week for about an hour
Commit to volunteering for approximately one year
At least 18 years old
Provide a minimum of two references
Attend required orientation/ interview 1-hour 1:1 training
Undergo a CORI check
How to Apply If you are interested in volunteering for Friendly Visitors, please fill out this program-specific application form.