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Caring Connections is a program designed to combat social isolation by offering older adults an opportunity to receive weekly phone calls. These friendly phone calls serve as a wellness check-in, an opportunity to socialize, and a link to other Council on Aging resources.

This program is open to anyone in Central Oregon age 60 and older who would like to talk with someone regularly. Our volunteers are located throughout the tri-county, and are trained and background checked.

Program Highlights

  • Opportunity for meaningful connections with others
  • Calls double as a safety check, providing peace of mind to seniors and their families
  • Helps combat the negative effects of social isolation

“My Caring Connections volunteer calls me each week. He is conscientious and has never once missed calling me! I’m grateful to the Council on Aging for having this program. My Caring Connections buddy has helped a great deal in alleviating the loneliness that I feel.”

Joseph, Caring Connections client

How to Get Started

If you are a senior interested in joining our Caring Connections program or know an older adult who would be a good fit for connecting to a volunteer weekly, call us at (541) 678-5483.

Interested in Being A Caring Connections Volunteer?

As a Caring Connections volunteer, you will provide a weekly phone call that serves as a friendly check-in and an opportunity for a senior to socialize. These phone calls are a chance to brighten someone’s day and make a new connection in your community—all from the comfort of your own home and your own schedule!

Volunteer requirements:

  • Must be 18 and over with a valid email address
  • Call your assigned match once a week
  • Commit to at least six months of phone calls
  • Attend an initial training
  • Pass a background check

If you are interested in volunteering, please call us at (541) 678-5483 or sign up online.

We are committed to serving our Spanish-speaking seniors in Central Oregon. If you are interested in volunteering and are bilingual in English and Spanish, please call us at (541) 678-5483.