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 conversationsimply sign up, answer a few questions about your interests, and we’ll make the match. All you need is a phone.

Listen to WYPR’s 8/13/2020 and 1/4/2021 segments on the Connections Project for interviews with volunteers and participants.

Information sessions to learn more about the Connections Project are held every other Friday from 11 AM to 12 PM. Join us for an overview of the Project, how to sign up as a participant or volunteer, and opportunities to get your questions answered.

RSVP for an Information Session

 

Receive Supportive Calls

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.

Complete the Online Referral Form

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

At this time, we are not recruiting new volunteers to join the Connections Project. 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.

Complete the Volunteer Application Form

 

Share the Connections Project

You’re welcome to download our flyer and social media graphics here. We can also mail you paper flyers, free of charge- simply complete the order form.

 

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 csaylor@mhamd.org to request materials or schedule a call to learn about the inner workings of the project.

 

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.

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