Buddy Connect program
Why Buddy Connect matters
Friendships are just plain good for you; in fact social connections are strongly linked to a person's overall health. As people age their risk to be isolated from friends, the community, and past activities increases. To better connect Lorain County adults ages 55 and over to the community, the Buddy Connect program is available at no cost through Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) and the Lorain County Board of Mental Health.
“Buddy Connect helps folks build friendships, while numerous studies confirm that social connections have a positive impact on social, emotional, and physical health,” said David Covell, MPH, RS, health commissioner at LCPH.
What to expect with Buddy Connect
In the Buddy Connect Program, monthly phone calls and in-home visits are mutually enjoyed by participants and their buddy volunteer. Each quarter, social outings bring everyone together to talk, enjoy a meal, and to try something new; transportation is also provided thanks to The Lucy Idol Center
. Favorite past social outings have included chair yoga followed by lunch, and a garden tram tour with lunch at Schoepfle Garden.
More volunteers are needed. Training, background checks, and monthly gas cards ($10) to reimburse mileage are provided to volunteers. Volunteering with Buddy Connect is flexible and works easily with any schedule- regardless of age or employment.