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Befrienders

Enhancing lives through friendship.

Bozeman, MT   |  http://www.befriendersbozeman.org

Mission

Befrienders connects community volunteers to older adults for companionship, support, and advocacy.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Kristin VanDeWalle

Main address

807 N Tracy Ave

Bozeman, MT 59715 USA

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EIN

81-0503946

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Befrienders started in 1993 with a simple idea; connecting community volunteers to senior citizens for companionship, support and advocacy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Befrienders

Befrienders is a non-profit program whose mission is to enhance the quality of life by "befriending” our aging population. Due to life transition, physical limitations, or other circumstances, seniors may have limited social interaction. Befrienders matches a volunteer and a senior together to spend at least an hour each week doing a variety of activities, such as going out to lunch, playing games or just talking.
Befrienders was established in 1993 and has brought many generations together in a mutually rewarding relationship by honoring the human spirit and provding life-enriching volunteer opportunities. The program is free and open to seniors age 65 and older and volunteers age 18 and older.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers trained to provide companionship to aging adults

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Befrienders

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteer and senior matches made for companionship, support, and advocacy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Befrienders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Befrienders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Befrienders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of returning volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Befrienders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers who become donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Befrienders

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Caring for our aging loved ones is a challenge that many of us can all relate to. How do we provide companionship, support and caring for those who have contributed so much to our lives; while we are grappling with our families, careers, businesses, and relationships? It is not an easy balance, but finding solutions are important. Studies show that loneliness leads to functional decline and earlier death in the aging population. Research also suggests that elderly people who spend regular social time with companions are at a decreased chance of developing dementia and Alzheimer's, while those that live alone or with little social interaction have poorer physical and mental health. The simple act of companionship adds immense value and well-being to a life.

This is where Befrienders steps in to assist families, friends, or those with no family to speak of with an additional friend and companion for their aging loved one. Through our (free) program we match a Senior with a community volunteer to spend at least one hour a week together to help alleviate the stresses of aging and the isolation that unfortunately often comes with it.

Befrienders provides a simple and workable solution by connecting community volunteers to senior citizens and we are the only organization in the Gallatin Valley that is offering these companionship services free of charge.

Our matches spend at least one hour together doing a variety of activities; from going on walks or out to tea to fishing and reading together, these hours are often described as the best hours of both the Volunteer and Senior participants week!

Befrienders has a long established relationship with not only individual caregivers but also additional senior service providers throughout our community. These partnerships allow us to spread information about our program with those who would benefit the most from Befrienders.

Befrienders also has a relationship with numerous volunteer organizations throughout our community that includes the University which allows us to present to their classes at numerous times of the year to recruit new Volunteers.

Befrienders has continued to grow each year, and has recovered and exceeded the match numbers prior to COVID!

We continue to grow in our match numbers, so much so that we are currently rely on part-time staff and internships to help with this growing need. This allows us to continue supporting our current matches while reaching out to those in our community who would benefit from our program.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Befrienders

Board of directors
as of 04/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amanda Torgerson

PrimeLending

Term: 2020 - 2026

Jane Schultz

Anderson Zurmuhlen

Caryle Merrill

Community Volunteer

Amanda Torgerson

Prime Lending

Rachel Clemens

Bozeman Health Hillcrest Senior Living

Cindy Aune

Registered Nurse

Jen Krum

QualicareMT

Lauri Moss

Banking & Financial Services

Linda Jo Simkins

Bozeman Health Hillcrest Senior Living

Lee Dietrich

Retired Counselor

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/11/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.