Friends make a difference in the lives of seniors
Senior Friends match volunteers with lonely and socially-isolated elders in communities throughout Pierce County. Volunteers are matched with a senior based on their interests. Both friends and seniors report that their lives are enriched by the friendship.
As a friend, you’ll provide an elder with social engagement, companionship and connection to community on a regular basis. You can read or play games with your senior friend, take walks together or share hobbies. It’s up to you and your friend.
Social interaction can reduce the effects of dementia, depression and isolation, in turn delaying the need for nursing home care.
Find your new friend today!
Volunteers – We will match you with a Senior Friend based on interests. You must live in Pierce County and commit to a minimum of two hours per month for a year. You must be at least 18 years old, submit an application, pass a background check and provide three references. After an initial interview, you’ll take part in a four-hour training. Friends willing to drive need to have proof of auto insurance and a clear driving record for the last three years.
Seniors – Elders desiring a friend must be at least 65 or at least 60 with a disability. They must self-identify as lonely or socially isolated. Most seniors are referred to us by partnering social service agencies but if you or someone you know could benefit from a friend, contact us.
Email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-722-5691 to become a Senior Friend or to learn more about the program.
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