Providing Telephone & Digital Peer Support to Baltimore County During COVID-19
In response to the current crisis, Vibrant Aging: Peers Program has created a volunteer program to provide supportive phone or video visits to older Baltimore County residents who are isolated due to COVID-19. The Connections Project connects older adults with community members of all ages for conversation—simply sign up, answer a few questions about your interests, and we’ll make the match. All you need is a phone.
Receive Supportive Calls
At this time, the Connections Project is at full capacity. All new referrals will be placed on a waitlist. Anyone can refer someone to receive supportive calls; you can even refer yourself! Our referral form is very simple and asks for minimal information. Click the button below to submit a referral or contact the Project Manager at 443-470-9426 to complete the form over the phone.
After receiving your referral, Connection Project staff will reach out to the person you referred to check in on their well-being and ask a few questions about their interests and preferences. After accepting entry into the Connections Project, we do our best to match older adults with volunteers best suited to provide meaningful engagement and support.
Volunteer as a Supportive Caller
If you’re interested in volunteering your time in the future, please click the button below to learn more and apply. Your application will be stored until volunteer slots open up, and you will be contacted about orientation at that time. If you’d like to learn more about the project first or ask any questions, join us for an Information Session.
Share the Connections Project
Replicate the Connections Project
Interested in creating a Connections Project in your community? We’re happy to share our processes and materials with you. Join us for an Information Session or contact the Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to request materials or schedule a call to learn about the inner workings of the project.
Other Peer Support Resources in Baltimore County
There are several organizations providing behavioral health peer support for all ages in Baltimore County, MD. Click here to download our list of Baltimore County Peer Support Resources. If you know of other resources that should be on the list, please contact us!
Other visitation programs in Baltimore County:
- Lori’s Hands pairs student volunteers with older adults living in the community to assist with housework, meal preparation, grocery shopping, and other household activities. In return, participants help students understand the experience of living with a chronic illness, navigating the healthcare system, or aging in place.
Call Programs in Other Counties
Interested in participating in a call program but don’t reside in Baltimore County? Below is a list of senior call programs we’ve learned of in other Maryland counties. If you know of a program that is not on this list, please share it with us so we can add it! For more resources in your local area, contact your county’s Maryland Access Point Office.
- Carroll County: Caring Carroll, (410) 775-5596
- Frederick County: Telephone Reassurance Program, (301) 663-0011
- Howard County: Connections and Kindred Spirits programs, (410) 313-6410 or email email@example.com
- Prince George’s County:
- Not geographically limited:
- Apart Not Alone, (403) 840-9027
- AARP Friendly Voice Program: 1-888-281-0145
- Statewide wellness check calls: Senior Call Check Program, 1-866-502-0560
- The Friendship Line is a free, 24-hour crisis intervention hotline and warmline for non-emergency support for adults aged 60 years and older. 1-800-971-0016