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School of Social Work

The Buddy Program

The Buddy Program provides visits to homebound, hospitalized, or socially isolated LGBT elders. These are social visits, and the purpose is to provide companionship.

What We Do

  • We are dedicated to linking isolated or lonely LGBT older adults with trained volunteers in hopes that the companionship will provided the needed social support free of charge.
  • The Buddy Program’s companionship offers friendly and compassionate one on one time with a buddy volunteer and an LGBT older adult in an environment they are most comfortable with.

Who Are The Buddies?

  • Volunteers, who are college students, professionals, or retirees, each trained in ethics and boundaries.
  • Each volunteer is willing and able to spend up to four hours a week with their LGBT older adult buddy.

A 3-hour training is required to volunteer as a buddy. If you are interested in the training, please contact Linda Ziemba at

If you know someone in need of a visit, please contact Laura Kelly at

LGBT Buddy Program Information