"Neighbors Helping Neighbors" has been the guiding concept behind our organization since our founding in 1972 by eight Greenwich Village community members.
Today, our professional staff and more than 400 dedicated volunteers help over 1,000 seniors each year. Our programs and services help seniors maintain their independence, by connecting them to someone who cares.
Our volunteer visitors help seniors alleviate loneliness and isolation, provide emotional security and offer mental stimulation. We escort seniors to medical appointments, assist with errands and shopping, and reach out a helping hand to our community's elderly who may have no family or friends nearby.
We pride ourselves on the individual attention we give to every senior and volunteer. We take the time to get to know our participants and find out what concerns them most. We learn about their history, their interests, and most importantly, what makes them unique. Our volunteers are carefully screened, and are individually matched with seniors based on their personal interests. Every volunteer receives personal support from our staff. They know our expertise is always available if their senior needs some extra help, or if they have any questions. Our friendly visiting program has enriched the lives of both seniors and volunteers for three decades.
Our programs and services are funded by a combination of individual donations, community and corporate support, grants form corporations and government funding.
This purposeful blend of support enables us to respond to needs of seniors with greater flexibility than those programs that rely on a single funder, but it also makes de the job of raising enough money to improve and expand our programs a greater challenge.