The Meals on Wheels San Antonio Elder Friends program provides volunteer-based companionship and minor assistance to homebound seniors living in San Antonio. Too often, seniors who are no longer able to leave their homes can start to feel isolated and depressed, which may worsen existing health conditions. Elder Friends' volunteers help to alleviate concerns by visiting a homebound senior at least 3 hours per week to provide much needed companionship. Just a simple conversation can make all the difference to an elderly neighbor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to receive services?
Any senior adult who is in need of companionship services, who may be suffering from depression, or has experienced the loss of a loved one, may be eligible for service. Seniors requesting services from an Elder Friend volunteer must be self-sufficient.
How do I get involved?
Volunteers interested in becoming an Elder Friend must be able to relate to older adults in a positive and warm manner. In addition, volunteers must comply with the following:
- Must be 21 & over
- Must commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week, with 6 month time commitment
- Must attend 4 hours of volunteer training before being assigned to a client (time split between in classroom training & webinar courses)
Is this a paid volunteer opportunity?
No, this is not a paid volunteer opportunity.
What are the responsibilities of an Elder Friends volunteer?
Elder Friends are primarily matched with older adults based on personality and interest, so that a bond can easily be developed. Once paired, volunteers are expected to provide friendship and conversation. In some cases, Elder Friends offer minor assistance where appropriate (e.g. walks in the neighborhood, computer assistance, etc.).
Where are volunteers most needed?
Volunteers are most needed in the following zip codes: 78109, 78201, 78209, 78213, 78217, 78218, 78228, 78245, 78249, 78250, and 78254.
If you don't see your zip code here, contact us to find out the volunteer need is in your area.
Who should I contact to sign-up as a volunteer or sign-up to receive services?
For more information, please contact Claudia Franco, Program Director by email
or at (210) 599-7405, option #4. The main offices for Elder Friends is located at 13420 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, Texas 78217.