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 Visitor
    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.
  • 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.
  • Friendly Gift Shop 
    The Friendly Gift Shop is a wonderful place to volunteer. You may help Members and visitors with choosing a greeting card or gift for someone special, or something nice for themselves!
  • 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.

Volunteer Requirements


  1. Complete Application – email to xznva@sevraqylubzr.bet
    or mail it to:
    The Friendly Home
    Attention: Kathy Main
    3156 East Ave.,
    Rochester, NY 14618.
  2. Immunizations Verification – email to xznva@sevraqylubzr.bet
    If you are unable to show proof, we will give you a lab request for a verification at no cost to you.
  3. *PPD Skin test in house – this is a standard TB test that is required for all health facilities. You will need to contact Employee Health at 789-3206 to set up an appointment.
  4. Orientation – included in the packet after interview

* PPDs – Administered by our Employee Health Nurse

Flu shots are required each year. Employee Health will have those available for volunteers each fall if needed or they will be required to wear a mask while volunteering.
Please reach out to Kathy Main with any questions at (585) 789-3153 or xznva@sevraqylubzr.bet

A Volunteer’s Story

Submit Your Application

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the application online. You may also email the application to Kathy Main, our Volunteer Manager, at xznva@sevraqylubzr.bet, or mail it to the address below:

Friendly Home
3156 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
Attention: Kathy Main

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Friendly Home, please contact:

Kathy Main, Volunteer Manager