Welcome To Befrienders
Befrienders is a non-profit 501c3 organization that provides companionship, support, and friendship for the senior population throughout Gallatin Valley. Our office is located on the second floor of the Bozeman Senior Center at 807 N. Tracy in Bozeman.
Due to life transitions, physical limitations, or other circumstances, seniors may have limited social interactions, or they may simply be in want or need of extra company. Befrienders matches a senior with a volunteer “Befriender” for a minimum of one hour per week, and we ask that our volunteers ordinarily commit to one year of participation in the program.
Before matching volunteers with a senior, volunteers are trained by us and we check their references and background. As for senior participants, once we receive their applications, our first step is to visit their home and learn more about their interests, hobbies, and personalities.
We then suggest a match between a particular volunteer and a senior, and we accompany them to their initial meeting at the senior’s home. If the match seems likely to be successful, then, at that point, the weekly visits are thereafter scheduled by the senior and volunteer, themselves, and of course how they choose to spend their time is up to them! Going out to lunch, strolling downtown, playing games, just chatting over tea or coffee, visiting a museum, catching a movie, etc.!
Befrienders, founded in 1993, has brought many generations together in a mutually-rewarding relationship by honoring the human spirit and providing life-enriching volunteer opportunities. The program is free and open to seniors age 65 and older and volunteers age 18 and older.
Enroll A Senior
Do you know a senior over the age of 65 who would like a visitor once in a while? Befrienders offers caring and compassionate volunteers that visit with a senior for at least one hour per week.
Looking for a way to get involved with Befrienders? There are lots of opportunities, from becoming a Befriender to a senior, joining our board, or volunteering on our special events committee.
If providing support and companionship for a senior is something you believe is important- make a tax-deductible gift today.