Books & Buddies

The Books & Buddies program offers students volunteer opportunities during the school year that focus on seniors, an under-served group of the community. Introduced in 2008 and piloted by Tony Gonzalez, students getting involved with seniors in nursing homes within their community.

The students take field trips and spend time reading, recording memories, and interacting with residents throughout the school year. The program culminates at the end of the school year with the students assembling a memory book which is presented to the center. In addition, participating seniors are given a senior Shadow Buddy autographed by their student. Over 8,500 Senior Buddies have been distributed to date. Our goal for 2017 is to expand the program to TWO new middle schools and senior living centers. Do you know a middle school or senior living center that would be a good fit? Please call 913-642-4646 or email to discuss this opportunity!