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Social Work Services /  Friendly Visitor Program

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The purpose of the Friendly Visitor Program is to provide socialization to isolated, home-bound individuals living in the Amherst area. It is a free volunteer service provided by the Amherst Center for Senior Services.


A Friendly Visitor is a Volunteer Who:

  • Provides visits to seniors age 55 or older in their homes
  • Enriches lives through personal contact
  • Checks on a participant’s well-being
  • Becomes a connection to the Amherst Senior Center Social Work staff on the participant’s behalf, as needed

How To Become a Friendly Visitor

Prospective volunteers need to be 55 or over and do not need to be a member of the Center or a resident of Amherst. All prospective volunteers undergo a background check at no cost. Volunteers are then matched with a senior in the community and checks on the participant’s well-being. The volunteer also becomes a connection to the Amherst Senior Center and the Department of Social Work staff.


Contact Us

If you would like to become a volunteer, or know someone who could benefit from this program, please contact the Amherst Senior Center Social Work Department at 636-3055 ext. 3129. The Amherst Center for Senior Services is located at 370 John James Audubon Parkway, behind the Audubon Library,in Amherst, New York.

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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