About Friend to Friend America

Friend to Friend America has supported residents in the Pacific Northwest with its vast network of volunteers serving throughout the Greater Seattle Area. We have residents and volunteers from the Canadian border to Oregon and beyond!

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Friend to Friend America has demonstrated its competence in 40 years of service.

Friend to Friend has served more than 16,000 residents. One hundred current volunteers save seniors $15,000.00 a month. Over the past 40 years, we have saved seniors over a million dollars.

Still today many seniors outlive family, friends, and fortune and become isolated. According to a study that was done by the World Health Organization, the 5th leading cause of health problems in seniors today is loneliness and isolation.

Friend to Friend America can help. Families can request a Friend to visit their family member at no charge. Family members or guardians may request a friendly visitor today by clicking here.

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Where we serve

Friend To Friend America matches volunteers in five Puget Sound counties: King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston. Volunteers are matched in other areas as requested.

Not in your area? People around the globe have sought and initiated Friend to Friend programs in their regions. Those who are interested in volunteering outside of the Puget Sound area or want to start a program in their area as a local volunteer coordinator are welcome to contact Friend to Friend America for additional information.

The need is GREAT

“Nationally, six out of ten residents in nursing homes never have a visitor” — Seattle Times 5/01

Many of the 60,000 elderly and disabled persons living in a ‘Home’ in the Puget Sound area never have a special visitor. Living away from family and friends, they feel isolated and lonely, which leads to further physical and mental deterioration. Many are discouraged and depressed and have lost their will to live. Social programs within the Homes try to meet the need of the residents but visits by a caring friend add a dimension which enriches and make the lives of seniors more meaningful.

People are living longer and the number of persons living in Homes increases annually. The need for volunteer friends for these persons is also increasing. Daily recruitment and continual program development are required to keep pace with this need. Currently, Friend to Friend America volunteers are regularly visiting residents in 300+ Homes throughout the Puget Sound area. Many more friends are needed.

Relevance today more than ever

As our baby boomers age the need for caring volunteers is growing and given the financial climate of the past few years many of our seniors today are living in poverty. They have outlived friends, family, and fortune. This heartbreaking reality is the center of our mission and our passion for preventing loneliness. We are always looking for new volunteers and donors to support the work of our volunteers.

Volunteer Testimonials

” I have taken on a new friend at Hallmark. Her name is Edith. We have really hit it off! I also have befriended her roomie, Veronica (Ronnie), as we had previously met while wandering the halls! She seemed to be really in need of someone to talk to, and we have also connected. Do you know how pleased I am to feel I am making such a difference in someone’s life?! They are all a blessing to me! ” —Kat

Read more volunteer testimonials.

Senior Testimonials

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“Who would be interested in talking to me? I am 91 and legally blind.” – N.

Two weeks later

“I am so grateful for this young man….I enjoy talking to him so much…. thank you so much” – N

 

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