Caring for Friends™, formerly known as Aid for Friends, offers a number of programs that support our mission. Whether you’re interested in cooking or interacting with a client friend, we have a meaningful way for you to give back to the community.
Friendly Visits and Food—Our biggest program and at the core of what we do, volunteers make weekly home visits to deliver meals and visit with the elderly, disabled, and other isolated homebound client friends. The meals are prepared by individual or group volunteers. Learn more about visiting and cooking.
Quick Serve Meals—Entails volunteers picking up meals at donation sites and making deliveries to our client friends who don’t yet have regular weekly visits. Volunteers also make phone calls to provide remote friendship to the homebound. Learn about driving for the Quick Serve meal program.
Breakfast Bags—Provides nonperishable, healthy food to our regular client friends and other hungry individuals. Corporations and groups typically prepare these bags as part of a volunteer event. Learn more about Breakfast Bags.
Caring Boxes—A larger version of the Breakfast Bags, Caring Boxes contain nonperishable food that can be used to cook entire meals for a family. These boxes can be packed by corporations or other groups as part of a team-building event. In addition, organizations or individuals can sponsor boxes.
Community Food Distribution—Caring for Friends regularly receives thousands of pounds of food from our partners, a good portion of which we use to cook for our client friends. When donations are more than we can utilize, additional food is shared with food pantries, shelters, and other organizations that feed the hungry. We make sure nothing goes to waste to while staying true to our mission of serving those who are hungry.
Meet our people
When Cheryl (standing next to client friend Margaret) retired after 22 years as the Director of Cafeteria Services at St. Joseph Manor, she put her knowledge about the importance of nutritious meals for the elderly to use as a Caring for Friends volunteer visitor.Read her story