The Friendly Visitor Program is working to combat loneliness and social isolation that our homebound seniors and disabled neighbors. With the effort of qualified and trained volunteers, we are going beyond the social interactions that occur with regular meal deliveries. We are supporting our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age. These valuable connections provide our seniors with much-needed companionship.
Join us to improve the physical, emotional and mental well-being of seniors in the greater San Antonio region!
There are three ways to make an impact through this program:
Volunteers visit a personally matched senior in the senior’s home for a minimum of 2 hours each week. During their visits, volunteers and seniors can engage in a variety of positive, enriching, and beneficial social activities like playing board or card games, reading their favorite books, watching a good movie, or just having great conversations. **Due to COVID-19, visits are suspended until further notice.**
Volunteers are matched with at least one senior to call weekly. Volunteers call their senior-friend once a week for a wellness check and to have a friendly conversation. This opportunity is perfect for individuals wanting a remote or virtual volunteer experience.
Volunteers correspond weekly with at least one senior. Correspondence can be a cheerful letter, heartfelt postcard, birthday card, or holiday card. Whether homemade or store bought, who doesn't love opening their mail and seeing a personalized message just for them?! This is a great way to get creative and brighten the day of an isolated and homebound senior friend!
HOW DO I BECOME A VOLUNTEER?
Volunteers must comply with the following:
Are at least 18 years of age
Must pass a criminal and sex offender background check
Must complete an one hour training/orientation
To become a Friendly Visitor Volunteer:
The Friendly Visitor Program is supported by the City of San Antonio, Department of Human Services.