Friend to Friend America Awarded New Grant!

We are excited to announce that we received a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the state of Washington that will staff one full time person to serve in 3 local nursing homes as a video call liaison to ensure residents can connect with friends and family far and wide. The lucky homes that get to participate in this program for year one are:

  • Foss Homes in Seattle
  • Judson Park in Des Moines
  • Burien Nursing and Rehabilitation in Burien

Volunteers – Stay Home, Stay Healthy!

In light of the social distancing recommendations and to help do our part here at Friend to Friend America for the seniors we so desperately want to help, at this time we are asking for NO in person visits to your Senior Friends until further notice. This is so important.

Please call them on the phone or send a card or letter instead during this CV-19 outbreak as we do not want to risk exposing our seniors to any additional risk and we want you to be safe too!

If you have been waiting to be rematched with a new senior or have not been matched yet please understand that all matching has been put on hold at this time. You are still able to apply to volunteer but will not be matched with a senior at this time.

So please follow the rules and for those of you that feel like you must do something, may I suggest you write to your senior friends if you have been matched and let them know that you care about them but can’t visit at this time. You could also look at your own address books to reach out to older friends and relatives that might enjoy getting a card from you. Even a school age friend could use a pick me up as students lives are being upended from senior trips being cancelled and college campuses closing down. Maybe your favorite small business would enjoy a note letting them know you value them. Your grocery clerk or deli worker. They are all working so hard and just telling them “Thank You or I’m thinking of you” could go along way I know.

Tips for decreasing your risk of getting sick:
· Practice social distancing.
· Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow. Do not cough into your hands.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds – sing the ABC song 2 times! or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
· Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (like doorknobs and light switches).
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
· Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress.
· Avoid contact with people who are sick.

For recent CDC infection control information, visit the  Center for Disease Control Website

See also the IHME (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) COVID Data for Washington State

2nd Annual Sunset Social!

Thank You Friends!

Our Second Annual Friend to Friend America Sunset Social at the Columbia Tower Club was a huge success.  We raised $20,000 to help combat Senior Isolation and Loneliness!

The evening featured Wine Tasting, Appetizers, a Silent & Live Auctions, and the lovely Seattle Skyline as seen from the 76th floor of the tallest building in Seattle.

A big Thank You to everyone who attended, those who donated items for the auction, the Columbia Tower Club, and all of our valued volunteers who contributed in making this a terrific evening!

Be sure to join us next year!

On the News!

So grateful for John Langeler and the great story highlighing our mission of ending senior isolation one senior at a time, friend to friend.  click below to see the story. 

Work place giving season… Invite Lisa to work!

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Tis the season for Workplace giving and I would love the opportunity to come to your workplace and tell you about Friend to Friend America and how your donation can make a difference in the quality of life for a senior in your community.

We were on the radio!

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Our executive director Lisa Slavik joined Luciana Bosio and Pedro Bartes of the iHeart Radio Public Affairs show on Sunday, May 24th, 2016 to discuss the impact of isolation on seniors and others within our community. If you missed it, you could listen to the podcast by clicking here.




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