Senior Friends & Virtual Friends
Friends make a difference in the lives of seniors
The Senior Friends and Virtual Friends programs match volunteers with lonely and socially-isolated elders in communities throughout Pierce County. Volunteers are matched with a senior based on their interests, location and time availability. Both Senior Friend volunteers and the seniors they serve report that their lives are enriched by the friendship.
During the pandemic, we added a Virtual Friend offering, which does the same thing as our in-person program, but in a virtual format. This offering is highly desirable for volunteers who travel extensively and college students who may not live in Pierce County full-time.
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 is up to you and your Friend.
It is well documented that positive social interaction reduces 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 four 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, with some exceptions and 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 [email protected] or call 253-722-5682 to become a Senior Friend or to learn more about the program.
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