Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2021 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Befrienders

194 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: Befrienders is a non-profit organization that provides companionship, support and advocacy for the aging population throughout the Gallatin Valley.

Results: Befrienders started in 1993 with a simple idea; connecting community volunteers to senior citizens for companionship, support and advocacy. Since that time Befrienders' matches have helped hundreds of seniors have better lives.

Target demographics: Senior Citizens

Direct beneficiaries per year: 252 participants!

Geographic areas served: Befrienders is a non-profit organization that provides companionship, support and advocacy for the aging population throughout the Gallatin Valley.

Programs: 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 providing life-enriching volunteer opportunities. The program is free and open to seniors age 65 and older and volunteers age 18 and older.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Caryle M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Befrienders has been a Bright Light in my life since its founding in 1993 (by my husband!).....so many stories of the value of friendship, and the benefit of having a one-on-one visitor to the physical and mental health of both the Senior and the Volunteer! Befrienders truly is "Spreading Smiles Across the Generations".

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I look forward to this program every week! It is a great way to get involved and has helped me create very meaningful relationships with people in my community I wouldn't otherwise spend a lot of time with. I would definitely recommend it to anyone with an extra hour to share.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit matches volunteers with seniors in the community to help form friendships. It's a great way to create meaningful connections with people in your community that may not have the opportunity or ability to otherwise.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently been matched with my second ‘friend’ through the Befrienders organization. My pal Rose is a feisty and funny woman from the Bronx who has family living nearby. She recently moved to Bozeman when her husband died of Covid this past spring. I’m teaching Rose to knit, and we love to talk about food and cooking and we tell each other family stories. While I feel that Befrienders helps an important population here to keep from dealing with loneliness, I have lived away from my own family for 39 years and Rose is like a mom to me. It’s a great Match!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Befrienders serves a critical population in our community and I'm proud to contribute annually to their good work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have just recently become acquainted with Befrienders in Bozeman, Montana. What a great idea. The staff is so enthusiastic and helpful. I'm sure that many people's lives, both young and old, will be made better by the help and care of these folks.
Bless them.

Sarah D.18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very enjoyable and brings lots of light to my days.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Befrienders is a wonderful Bozeman Organization. My experience volunteering as a Befriender will truly stick with me. I appreciate the inter-generational bridges that the organization is helping build!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of interning with Befrienders. I have loved getting to witness how much of an impact this organization has had on the community and on the individuals involved. The companionship that Befrienders fosters is special and the board and staff are kind, thoughtful, and want the best for everyone involved. I love this organization and it has been an honor to be involved with them!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a board member supporting the mission of Befrienders. Also as a professional in the field of senior transitions, I have seen first hand the power of companionship through Befrienders programming. The board, staff, interns, and volunteers are so passionate about what they do and the impact they have on individuals.

Board Member

Rating: 5

All the folks involved in Befrienders - seniors, volunteers, staff, board - are so committed to each other and their community. It is really special to see people so invested in each others' lives. Befrienders is a very special organization that deserves the notice and support of all Montanans.