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Friend Advocate

Make Life a Little Easier for Older Adults

JFS is the administrator of the Essex County Friend Advocate Volunteer Program. This successful volunteer program is funded by the Essex County Division on Aging. The program is offered free to persons over age 60 residing in Essex County.

Help in a Variety of Ways

The Friend Advocate program provides for recruitment, training, matching and supervision of volunteers who provide assistance to clients age 60 and over, many of whom are frail, isolated and vulnerable residents of Essex County. Volunteers provide assistance to older adults in such areas as:

  • Bill paying
  • Reading mail
  • Arranging for medical appointments and transportation
  • Making phone calls
  • Providing companionship


For more information, call the JFS Volunteer Coordinator at 973-765-9050 or email