Friendly Connections teamed up with UBS Financial Services and Atria of Darien for its Annual Summer Luncheon.
"This is just an opportunity for our clients and volunteers to get together and socialize. It's really just celebrating Friendly Connections, the clients, and volunteers that are part of the program," said Allison Petro, the Friendly Connections Coordinator.
UBS volunteers set up, took food orders, and served the lunch that was provided by Atria, a senior assisted living facility in Darien.
"We work with Family Centers in referrals and if we work with families that may need their services. This is just our way for giving back for all that they do," said Vanessa Muller, the Community Sales Director at Atria of Darien.
Friendly Connections helps senior citizens living in lower Fairfield County stay connected and sociable.
"We have volunteers who are friendly visitors, as well as volunteers who are friendly callers. We also offer courses over the telephone, so an individual would not even have to leave their home. They can jut be connected over the phone," said Petro.
"I call seniors, I facilitate a trivia game over the phone, and I visit a senior," said Friendly Connections volunteer Bill Bittel.
Many of the seniors involved with Friendly Connections are home bound. The ability to connect with a volunteer over the phone lets them feel less isolated and more sociable.
"The people are very friendly and you get to know the people on the phone. Consequently, half of them had the same problem that you did- you were lonely and you needed somebody to talk to. It was very good," said Friendly Connections client Irene Ross.