WH SeniorLink is a grassroots organization and 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to supporting older New Yorkers through volunteerism and mutual aid. We were founded specifically to mitigate social isolation and disconnection from resources among older New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we aim to continue adapting to the needs of individuals 55+ living in our community.
WH SeniorLink connects older adults -- particularly those who do not have access to other supports -- with trained volunteers, resources, and one another.
We screen volunteer applicants and train them before matching them with an older adult with similar interests and a shared language. Volunteers provide their paired older adults with weekly phone calls, biweekly letters, and care packages. They also conduct weekly needs assessments that the professional team monitors to provide referrals and follow-up.
Since our founding in April 2020, our volunteers have made more than 200 calls. Our matches speak in five languages, and we work with nine different partner organizations providing senior services.
In addition to matching older adults with volunteers, we pair them with one another for mutual support, and in collaboration with the Clinton Foundation | Too Small To Fail, we forward senior participants letters from small children so that those little ones can practice basic literacy skills.
With the success of our pilot program in Washington Heights and evidence of widespread need, we're expanding across northern Manhattan and the Bronx.