Volunteer opportunity description

The Department for the Aging, in partnership with Citymeals-on-Wheels, and DFTA-funded case management programs to connects volunteers with homebound older New Yorkers to have in-home visits on a weekly basis. For volunteers, friendly visiting offers the opportunity to cultivate a lasting friendship, to learn from an older adult’s life experiences, and to benefit from the personal satisfaction derived from community service. Friendly visiting leads to the creation of meaningful relationships between older adults and volunteers, promoting intergenerational understanding. For the older adult, friendly visiting provides a sense of connection to the outside world, something to look forward to, and a sense of contributing to society through sharing their wisdom, knowledge, talents, and stories with volunteers.


During the pandemic, all interviews and visits take place over the phone and virtually. When in-home visits are allowed, each volunteer must meet with the Program Coordinator prior to visiting the older adult in their home.


  • Visit an older adult you are matched with once a week, in the senior’s home
  • Provide weekly and monthly reports/updates to the Friendly Visiting Program Coordinator

Skills Preferred:

  • Ability to speak languages other than English desired, but not required


  • Orientation/training provided by the Friendly Visiting Program Coordinator

Time Commitment:

  • One hour per week, for a period of at least six months
  • Flexible hours and days to allow for a mutually convenient time for the volunteer and older adult to meet
  • Commit to being a Friendly Visitor for a minimum of six months



  • Comfortable establishing a relationship with an older adult
  • Honest, mature, motivated, patient, consistent, reliable
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Willing and able to contact the Program Coordinator weekly and monthly.
  • Participate in an in-person interview
  • Undergo and pass a background check and reference check


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We need volunteers who are free at these times


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New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA)

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