Befrienders is a non-profit program whose mission is to enhance the quality of life by “befriending” our aging population. Due to life transition, physical limitations or other circumstances, seniors may have limited social interaction. Befrienders matches a volunteer and a senior together to spend at least an hour each week doing a variety of activities, such as going out to lunch, playing games or just talking.

Befrienders was established in 1993 and has brought many generations together in a mutually rewarding relationship by honoring the human spirit and proving life-enriching volunteer opportunities. The program is free and open to seniors age 65 and older and volunteers age 18 and older.

Community Impact

· Creates lifelong friendships
· Helps monitor elder abuse, neglect, depression, loneliness, and isolation
· Promotes increased social interaction among the elderly to ease the transition of aging
· Affects 160+ people annually in Gallatin County
· Fosters awareness of the elderly population's needs
· Provides a unique opportunity to enrich another's life




In February 1993 an elderly woman tapped on Pete Merrill’s car window in a grocery store parking lot. Sadie offered Pete 35₵  in return for a ride home. Pete not only drove her home, free of charge, of course, and cleared ice from her walkways, but was asked to come back and visit over cookies and ginger ale.

Pete recognized a need for older residents to maintain a social connection with the larger community. Starting with the 106 names on the Meals on Wheels recipient list, he learned that there is a population of senior citizens in Bozeman with few opportunities for social interaction. He also figured there were many students at Montana State University who would be happy to spend an hour a week visiting an older friend. Together with key individuals at MSU-Bozeman and other active community members, he founded Befrienders so that people of different generations could form a mutually beneficial relationship.

Today Befrienders matches community volunteers of all ages with people age 65 and over who want to increase their social interaction.


Befrienders is looking for a new part-time Executive Director!

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of Befrienders, conducting it's administration in accordance with policies set by the board of directors. As the sole employee of Befrienders, the Executive Director:

  • Plans, administers and promotes the Befrienders program, which matches community volunteers to older adults for companionship, support and advocacy
  • Publicly represents the program through public presentations, training activities, informational seminars, media, volunteer recognition, and match support events
  • Prepares grants, solicits donations and coordinates with the board to plan and execute fundraisers
  • Manages and supports 45-50 volunteer/senior matches at a time
  • Performs other assignments as required
Salary and Benefits

The Executive Director is expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Starting wage is $13/hour DOE, with possible additional benefits.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum  of two years’ professional work experience, though a comparable combination of education and work experience will be considered
  • Experience or interest in working with older adults
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to work flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends, approximately 10% of the time
  • Valid Montana driver’s license, reliable transportation and appropriate insurance
  • Possess excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to manage time well and prioritize tasks

Other Useful Knowledge and Skills       

  • Experience in event planning and coordination is preferred
  • Understand the unique needs, limitations and requirements of older adults
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of budget administration is preferred
To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and three references to Cami Armijo-Grover at, or drop them off at the Befrienders office on the second floor of the Bozeman Senior Center at 807 North Tracy.

Applications will be accepted through October 5th and successful applicants will be contacted for interviews by October 9th, with the position to begin as soon as possible. Position open until filled.

Befrienders is a member of United Way.

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