Become A Befriender

Become a Befriender

Would you like to make a difference in someone’s life?
Are you at least 18 years of age?
Do you have one hour a week to spare?
Can you make a 12-month commitment?

If so, we have the volunteer experience for you!

 

 

Befriender Volunteer Application Process

1. Application

Fill out our volunteer application online HERE or print it off HERE and mail it to 807 N Tracy Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59715.

2. Background Check

A suggested donation of $15 is asked to help cover each volunteer’s background check.

3. References

After a successful background check is conducted, Befrienders will contact the two references provided on your application.

4. Required Training

Each new volunteer is required to attend a training, which takes approximately one hour.  From January 2020 through May 8, 2020, we have a STANDING TRAINING SESSION available for new volunteer applicants every Friday at noon at the Befrienders’ office, located on the second floor of the Bozeman Senior Center at 807 N. Tracy in Bozeman.  There is no need to RSVP – you can simply arrive at noon and staff will be waiting for you.  (Please note that the exception to this is Friday, March 20, 2020, which is Spring Break week for MSU and the Bozeman public schools and there will be no training session that week).  If you know you can never attend a Friday at noon session, or if it will take you more than four weeks to attend a Friday noon session, please contact our office and we will arrange a personal training appointment for you.

5. Matching Process

There is no iron-clad parameter for how long the match process will take. Volunteers are matched with seniors based on myriad factors, such as their mutual interests, personalities, hobbies, geographic locations, and a host of other considerations.  Some volunteers are matched up within a week of joining the program, while others may have to wait a bit longer for us to facilitate what we think will be a successful match on both sides.

6. First Meeting

When meeting your Senior for the first time, typically in the home of the Senior, a Befrienders’ staff person will accompany you, make the initial introduction, provide contact information for one another, and ensure your next meeting is scheduled prior to leaving.  Thereafter, staff will contact you to follow up to ensure that the match has begun successfully and is proceeding smoothly.  But also note that we welcome you to contact us at any time about any issues regarding your match, and we strongly encourage you to communicate with us about any concerns, large or small!

Additional Ways to Support Befrienders

Join our Board of Directors

Consider applying to volunteer as a Befrienders’ Board Member and join a team of committed professionals who are making a direct impact in the lives of our aging community in Gallatin Valley. We are interested in people who see the value in our mission and are willing to represent the organization within their various networks and communities.

Sponsorship of Special Events

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for our special events. These sponsorships provide necessary underwriting support of our events to ensure we keep costs low; therefore enabling the majority of funds raised to go towards our program.

Provide Activities for our Matches

Befrienders is always delighted to learn about opportunities to connect our seniors and volunteers together with your business or organization for events and community-building, such as local Pint Nights, Food Nights Out for Non-Profits, etc.  Please let us know if you have suggestions for activities for our matches, seniors, and/or volunteers to participate in.  We will post that information on our website and Facebook page and get out the word to our program participants!

Interested or have questions?

Email us at info@befriendersbozeman.org

or call us at 406-522-8169

807 North Tracy
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 522-8169

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