FRIENDLY CONNECTIONS

A sense of belonging is a basic human need, just like food and shelter. We are social creatures and we all benefit from feeling connected, heard and appreciated by others. It improves our health and increases our wellbeing and happiness. Friendly Connections is a community program for Midland County that builds a bridge to belonging by pairing up community members and helping them connect for 2-3 hours a month by phone.

You have an opportunity to be a Tier 1 or Tier 2 volunteer. Each match will include at least one Tier 2 volunteer. Matches will be made by the Connections Coach based on interviews with all candidates to find common interests. Explore the tiers below and select which option is best for you. For questions or more information, please contact us at connect@211nemichigan.org

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TIER 1 VOLUNTEERS

  • Simple 4-question application
  • Optional online training designed to strengthen relationships*
  • Initial call and monthly touchpoint with Connections Coach
  • Initial time investment: 30 minutes
  • Connect by phone 2-3 hours each month with your match
  • Must be 18+
Register for Tier 1

TIER 2 VOLUNTEERS

  • Expanded one-page application
  • Required: Online training designed to strengthen relationships*
  • Interview with Connections Coach
  • Required Background check, safety and liability waiver
  • Monthly touchpoint with Connections Coach
  • Initial time investment: 2 hours
  • Connect by phone 2-3 hours each month with your match
  • Must be 18+
Register for Tier 2

* Connect with the Connections Coach for non-online training options.

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Program Partners

United Way Of Midland CountyMidland Area Wellbeing Coalition
Senior Services - Embrace Your Age
My Michigan Health