Community Friendship Volunteer Program
What is the Community Friendship Volunteer Program?
The University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital’s Community Friendship Volunteer Program aims to relieve social isolation and benefit the health and wellbeing of seniors in our community. The program, launched in partnership with Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, pairs volunteers with older adults in need of non-clinical assistance and complements the age-friendly care we provide at the hospital.
Volunteers provide at-home visits and support with day-to-day activities like gardening, shopping, and errands. In as little as one to four hours a month, volunteers can have a big impact on the health and wellbeing of seniors in our community.
What do Community Friendship Volunteers do?
Community Friendship Volunteers share their time and companionship with older adults in need.
Volunteer services may include:
- Home Visits
- Crafts or gardening
- Outings together
- Assistance with correspondence
- Phone conversations
- Transportation to appointments/events
- Recreational Activities
- Running errands
- Assistance with shopping
- Art/music/literature enjoyment
Volunteers receive free training and resources, and mileage reimbursement.
How do I become a Community Friendship Volunteer or connect a senior with volunteer services?
To learn more about becoming a Community Friendship Volunteer or to enroll a senior in need, please contact:
Jodi Gibbs, Program Coordinator
Volunteers must complete an application and a background check. Application assistance is available. Please inquire with the program coordinator.