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OFA "Friendly Calls" Program

Maintaining relationships can be hard for older adults who live far from family, experience health issues, or lack transportation. The social isolation and loneliness that can result often leads to both mental and physical challenges.

The good news is YOU can help, by joining OFA’s “Friendly Calls” program.

Volunteers check in and chat with an older adult in Dutchess County at risk of loneliness or social isolation, once a week, for eight weeks. Each call lasts between 20 and 30 minutes. It’s easy to help. You can do it from home!

Register today for an upcoming OFA Friendly Calls Volunteer Orientation session, which take place at OFA headquarters at 114 Delafield St. in Poughkeepsie unless otherwise indicated below. Each session lasts about 40 minutes. "Friendly Calls" volunteers must be age 18 or older. Pick any one of the following sessions:

  • Monday, July 8th, 3 pm

  • Tuesday, July 16th, 10 am

  • Monday, July 22nd, 3 pm

  • Tuesday, July 30th, 10 am


To register for any orientation, if you have more questions about “Friendly Calls,” or to arrange an orientation for your civic organization, call 845-486-2555 or email Friendly Calls program manager Linda Edgar at

We regularly update our list of orientations. To be notified of future orientations, subscribe to OFA’s weekly “Aging News” emails by emailing