ElderFriends provides a unique opportunity for you to connect with an isolated older adult in your community through one-on-one visits. When you become a volunteer companion, you give yourself and your elder friend an opportunity to establish a relationship that will enrich both your lives.

Volunteer: The Commitment

Volunteers make a commitment to make regular friendly visits with an elder friend. An Elder and his Friend discuss a project during an ElderFriend visit. We ask that you commit to visiting your elder at least two or three times a month for at least a year.

ElderFriends volunteer duties and responsibilities include:

  • Complete required training and qualifications prior to beginning volunteer duties.
  • Visit your assigned elder at least twice a month. If  you are unable to visit in person, contact your elder by phone or through correspondence.
  • Engage in outreach and advocacy with the elder, the elder’s social service network, and ElderFriends staff.
  • Maintain regular communication with ElderFriends staff regarding the progress of relationship and any changes in the elder’s or your circumstances.
  • Complete a volunteer time log and report following each visit.
  • Adhere to ElderFriends’ rules and procedures, as described in the training and the volunteer manual.

Volunteer: The Criteria

ElderFriends volunteer requirements, skills and interests include:

  • Minimum age of 18 years old.
  • Current resident of Washington State.
  • Ability to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Engage using effective communication skills with assigned elder and ElderFriends staff.
  • Listen attentively and initiate conversation.
  • Have sensitivity to the needs of elders facing difficult life circumstances.

Ready to be an ElderFriends Volunteer!

If interested in becoming an ElderFriends volunteer, fill out the Interest Form below.

You will be asked to complete a phone interview, background check, reference checks, and additional paperwork, including a confidentiality policy and pledge.

Training will also be provided online via eLearning and a Zoom meeting with staff.


Learn about ElderFriends Elder Participants

Read about the “elder” part of the ElderFriends equation!