Friendly Calls: Make a connection, one call at a time

With only one phone call a week, I feel like I am making
a small, but meaningful difference in someone’s life.
— Friendly Calls volunteer

Have you ever noticed how much better you feel after having a meaningful conversation with someone? It turns out that connecting with others not only helps reduce stress and anxiety, but it increases our overall well-being!
At our core, we believe that everyone deserves to feel the incredible power of human connection. That's where Friendly Calls comes in.
It’s more than just a phone call — it’s about forming connections.
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The Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls program pairs people over the age of 18 with trained Red Cross personnel who connect with them regularly to check-in, provide emotional support, help them develop resilience, and feel more connected to their community. And in case you’re wondering — Friendly Calls is safe, accessible, and free.
Since May 2021, we've provided over two million minutes of phone support to people living in Canada. And thanks to the Public Health Agency of Canada's support, we're expanding the Friendly Calls program so that we can connect with more people in 2023.

Click here to connect with Friendly Calls today!
Or call 1-833-979-9779 toll-free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on weekdays.

Want to volunteer?

As a Friendly Calls volunteer, you can have a lasting, positive impact on the life of someone who needs connection with another person.
But don’t take our word for it! Natalie, 20, says she's proud to be a part of a program that provides so much support to those in need. "Volunteering with the Friendly Calls program has taught me better communication skills, given me the chance to develop a meaningful relationship with my [participant], and taught me rewarding lessons a classroom could never teach."
It’s easy to become a Friendly Calls volunteer — all you need is kindness, compassion, and a few hours a week! If you’d like to learn more, sign up to be a Friendly Calls volunteer!

Want to participate?

Life can be tough, and it’s not always easy to reach out to others for support or a little encouragement. But sometimes, a little conversation can make a big difference.

Friendly Calls was the best gift anyone could have given me.
I am so grateful for this program. I never thought I would be able to
share stories and laugh so much with someone.
—Red Cross Friendly Calls participant

If you’re looking for community connections, or even if you could just use a little encouragement and emotional support, find out if the Friendly Calls program is for you!


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