Many factors affect our individualized matching process. Highly skilled and innovative Social Call staff work with a diverse pool of participants and volunteers across the United States. When making a match, practical factors are considered, such as scheduling preferences, interests or hobbies, or a shared cultural history. We also take into consideration a number of more abstract concepts, like the individual’s worldview, disposition, conversational style, and what interpersonal attributes they might be seeking in a conversation partner. By putting the success of the match and the equity of the volunteer and participant at the fore of our process, we are able to make matches that are mutually beneficial, where all parties feel valued.
Our matches connect people across the country and across generations. 70% of our matches are intergenerational while 30% are peer to peer. We invite everyone 18+ to volunteer and anyone who is 60+ can participate, volunteer, or both.
Katie Wade – Director
Casey O’Neill– Associate Director
Karen Miller – Program Manager
Michelle Haines – Program Manager
Amber Dean – Program Manager
Sami Barney – Match Support Specialist
Richard Goldman – Match Support Specialist
San Francisco, CA – SF Department of Disability & Aging Services
Marin County, CA – Vivalon
Western WA – Olympic Area Agency on Aging