Opportunity Details

Senior Services
Senior Citizens

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Friendly Neighbor for Seniors Training #VirtualVolunteering

Because of COVID-19, Davidson County's older adults are being asked to remain at home leading to prolonged isolation which can be detrimental to their physical and mental wellbeing. Senior Ride Nashville’s Friendly Neighbor Program (FNP) pairs volunteers with older adults to provide friendly conversation, social stimulation, and errand support, as needed. This program reduces isolation and fosters community connection even while physical isolation is necessary.

Volunteers call program members weekly for friendly conversation. Volunteers are available to help with occasional tasks like grocery runs, prescription pick-ups, post office drop offs, etc. As friendships form, program members and volunteers can also coordinate socially distanced visits.
FNP volunteers must be 18 or older. Volunteers must submit an application, attend an online training, and pass a background check.

The benefits of volunteering through the FNP are:

  • Volunteers provide greatly needed support to help older adults maintain their connection to the community during a time of extended isolation.
  • FNP fosters friendship between volunteers and older adults and makes it easy to volunteer when it suits your schedule.
  • Volunteers communicate directly with their older neighbor to find a time to connect that works for both.
  • For convenience of errand support, volunteers will be paired with older neighbors who live near them. We currently have members living in Bellevue, Madison, Old Hickory, and White Bridge who are waiting to be paired with a volunteer.
  • Mileage reimbursement is available for errands and/or in-person visits upon request.

In accordance with Mayor John Cooper’s Roadmap for Reopening Nashville, Hands On Nashville recommends the following guidelines for volunteering: 
Individuals belonging to the following groups should not volunteer for in-person opportunities: ages 65 and up, those with elevated health risk or compromised immune systems, anyone who is feeling unwell (or who has been exposed to/is caring for someone who is sick or has a compromised immune system).  
Volunteers who attend projects should take recommended precautions, including maintaining distances between themselves and other people; practicing hand-washing and sanitation of spaces; wearing gloves, masks, and other protective gear; etc. As always, consult a medical professional should you begin to feel unwell at any point during or after a project.  
If you decide not to attend a project, please log in to hon.org and remove yourself from the opportunity ahead of time so that another volunteer may have a chance to fill your slot. If you have any trouble with this, email hon@hon.org and we’ll be happy to help!  
Please be aware that your project may be canceled with short notice. Projects are subject to change depending on shifting guidelines and circumstances. We appreciate your understanding. 

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