ElderFriends Volunteer Companionship Program connects an elder with a volunteer. Together, the Elder and Friend commit to regular visits and an occasional outing. The result is an opportunity to build powerful friendships.

ElderFriends hosts social gatherings twice yearly, and a Thanksgiving meal delivery. The program provides companionship, outreach and advocacy services to isolated older adults throughout Seattle and King County.

he ElderFriends program pairs an elder with a volunteer for companionship.

COVID-19 Response

In keeping with COVID-19 precautions, ElderFriends has temporarily suspended all outings and gatherings, and replaced in-person visits with phone visits (described below) until further notice. We acknowledge that these circumstances may lead to further isolation and needs for extra help, and have enhanced support for our elders:   

  • Remote service opportunities to fight isolation are described here.
  • Currently matched volunteers are asked to be proactive in the following actions:
    • Substitute phone visits for canceled in-person visits when feasible
    • Increase reassurance calls (consider weekly calls) or other types of friendly contact: email, text, letter writing
    • Report any unmet needs to ElderFriends so that we can help to find a solution (i.e. needs groceries or supplies, or other critical services)
    • Share resources and accurate information
  • Accepting new Elder Referrals we are accepting new referrals and will start new connections with phone visits during this time.
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Services and Activities

ElderFriends supports four main activities throughout the year:

  • Friendly Visits: Often. Our core service is an on-going visitation program that matches trained volunteers with isolated elders. We encourage friendly visits two to three times a month.
  • Social Gatherings: Twice yearly. Volunteer and elder participants enjoy a summer picnic and holiday party.
  • Thanksgiving Meal Delivery: Annually. ElderFriends volunteers deliver hot full-course Thanksgiving dinners and other goodies to isolated elders who would otherwise be alone during this holiday.