The mission of the Institute on Aging is to enhance the quality of life for adults as they age by enabling them to maintain their health, well-being, independence, and participation in the community. Read more
Great place to volunteer. At the Friendship Line you will work alongside caring and friendly people while helping the ones that need support. Easy to get reward for the work as people who contact the Friendship Line are generally very grateful for the service.
I've been at the Friendship Line for more than two years. I have learned much about the elder population, relating to others, and myself. The quality of volunteers here, and the compassion they cultivate, is extraordinary. This service opportunity has enriched my life considerably. I am wiser for my work here.
by Paula B. from San Francisco, CA
Through the Institute on Aging, I've been paired, for more than a year, with an absolutely delightful senior who has no relatives or friends to visit her. Because this senior has limited memory, my visits with her have led to my ferreting out her past history and even constructing a website as a tribute to her. The experience has only increased my love for genealogy, oral history, and the seniors who have contributed so much to society with their generous lives. So it has benefitted me as much as it has her. The IOA has trained me and treated me very well. It's really been a magnificent experience, and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon! This organization really does wonderfull work.
I've been volunteering at the Institute on Aging for a couple of months now. The staff is very nice and helpful. I work with the Latin Seniors in translating from Spanish to English when they need to see the Doctor at the clinic. Also I enjoy listening to their stories about when they were young. I like that there is a place for seniors to feel lively and do different activities during the day to keep them busy.
We all will be seniors one day and we want to be treated with respect and kindness this is a great way to be connected with our elders and help.
A volunteer opportunity will make anybody feel as though they can serve a significant purpose in an older person's life.
I've been volunteering for the Friendship Line at the Institute on Aging for a couple of months now. The staff is very very warm and accommodating. The people I make calls out to every week are so interesting to talk with, and they are very thankful for the kindness we extend. There are many people out there that just need a friendly person to talk with and the Friendship line is such a great way to provide this service. It is all set up for volunteers so you can basically just show up, lend a kind ear and voice, and you're contributing!