Building Age Friendly Communities

The Community Friendship Volunteer Program

is an entirely volunteer-run program that was initially developed to fill an unmet need in the area of northern Franklin County. We have since expanded the program to include St. Lawrence County as well. The program provides friendship, companionship, and a helping hand to older residents, serving as their advocates and helping them stay connected to their communities.

CFVP is based out of the Community Health Center of the North Country's Canton and Malone health center sites. The directors coordinate volunteers and place them with individuals according to their needs or interests. Volunteers of CFVP carry out the following tasks: transport individuals to medical appointments, dialysis, or chemotherapy, visit individuals in their home, coordinate activities like crafts, picnics, shopping trips and outings within the community, and provide respite for caregivers that may need a break from time to time.

CFVP is unlike any other program found in the North Country region; it addresses very important unmet needs and is 100% non-income based. CFVP cares about individuals, not just for the individual. Many older residents lose touch with their community and, unfortunately, do not have the support they need to carry out daily activities. CFVP hopes to change this and improve the lives of individuals within Northern Franklin County and St. Lawrence County by encouraging equity in aging.

If you would like to become a volunteer or you know someone interested in receiving services, please contact:

Franklin County
Susan Schrader |   (518) 651-2535,

St. Lawrence County
Betsy Porter | (315) 379-8254, or
Donna Elliott |   (315) 379-8345,