Since 1972, Visiting Neighbors has been a trusted life-line, helping seniors in lower Manhattan as they face the challenges of aging, most often alone, to remain independent and safe in their own homes while also staying connected, informed and a vital part of the New York Community.
Volunteer visitors spend time with their seniors, enjoying shared activities that they decide together. Some seniors enjoy going outside for a walk, while others prefer staying home sharing conversation, watching TV or a movie, or playing cards. When we match a volunteer with a senior, we consider each person's preferences and interests. When we interview a volunteer, we discuss their interests, any special needs they may have, and what they are comfortable or not comfortable with. Our volunteers are here for companionship and emotional support, not to do chores in the senior's home. Volunteering should be a rewarding experience, not a tedious one.