Volunteering at the Friendly Home

Volunteers provide so many of the little “extras” that create special moments in the daily lives of our Members. Whether you have more time to volunteer on a regular basis or just a little bit of time once in a while, you can lend a hand at the Friendly Home.

Our volunteers spend time visiting one-on-one with Members, participating in group activities, planning and helping out at Member events, or assisting in our offices. They sing, bake, read, garden, go on outings, bring in their pets, play instruments, raise funds and so much more.

Here are just some of our volunteer opportunities for consideration:

Friendly Visiting Program
Social interaction and the opportunity to make new friends mean so much to our Members. As a Friendly Visitor, you can engage them in many different ways: Share a cup of coffee in our café, stroll through the rose gardens, chat on our front porch and more. Conversation and just spending time together is what counts. And you may schedule visiting time at your convenience.

Friendly Gift Shop & Café
As the “Hub of the Home,” the gift shop/café is a wonderful place to volunteer. You may help Members with choosing a special card or gift, or serve coffee and cookies to Members and their guests. Each shift is only two hours and flexible to match almost any schedule, including weekends.

Friendly Mealtime Assistant
The dining experience is a highlight for many Members, some of whom are in need of additional support during meals. Volunteers are specially trained to assist with passing dining trays and helping Members to eat. Mealtime assistants are needed for both the noon and evening meals.

Recreation Support
The Friendly Home is proud to offer our Members a wide variety of activities, entertainment and special events. Volunteers are needed to gather and transport Members in wheelchairs to and from these activities, as well as stay with Members to enjoy it with them. Baking and ceramics classes, musical performances, bingo and holiday parties are just a few examples. Volunteers are also needed to accompany members on outings to local restaurants for lunch, shopping trips, etc.

Clerical/Office Support
Many departments at the Friendly Home (Human Resources, Social Work, Marketing & Development) could use a helping hand with clerical tasks including copying, filing and preparing bulk mailings. This support is flexible to accommodate almost any schedule. Training will be provided as needed.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Complete and return a volunteer application.
  • Once your application is received, our Volunteer Coordinator will call you to discuss your interests and availability.
  • Attend an orientation.
  • Complete an annual personal and confidential health screening with our medical nurse, including a tuberculin skin test. Volunteers also need to provide proof of immunity to rubella/rubeola. If you cannot provide proof, a simple blood test will be performed as part of your health screening at no charge.

Additional requirements for teen volunteers:

  • You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer at the Friendly Home.
  • Submit your application.
  • Provide immunization records.

Volunteer brochure (PDF)