Winnebago County - ADVOCAP Senior Friends
The Senior Friends program is designed to provide one to one supportive services on a weekly basis that include emotional support, companionship and community awareness to older adults in an effort to achieve and maintain their highest quality of life and level of independent living.
Information for volunteers
Eligibility & enrollment
The Senior Friends program is open to volunteers over age 18. Volunteers must have a background free of criminal offenses and enjoy working with older adults. Volunteers are asked to fill out a one page registration form and participate in a face to face interview at the time of enrollment. Volunteers must also complete the required Senior Friends training.
Responsibilities and Expectations
We ask all volunteers to commit 4 hours a month for at least 6 months to visiting their senior friend. Volunteers must maintain confidentiality and be non-judgmental with regard to race, income, special needs, disabilities, religion, family status and background. Volunteers should be able to keep detailed records such as length of visits.
By volunteering your time you will:
- Build rewarding friendships
- Change the quality of life for an older adult
- Feel vital and appreciated
By becoming a Senior Friends volunteer you will receive:
- Monthly training opportunities
Start volunteering now
If you are interested in helping an older adult in our community, contact the Volunteer Development Specialist (VDS) in Winnebago county: 920-426-0150. The VDS will work with you to begin this rewarding volunteer assignment.