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The Friendship Centers

"Our Mission: To promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging."

The Friendship Centers is a non-profit network of centers in Southwest Florida with services that meet the needs of people 50 and older, and extend into the community with volunteer opportunities for all ages. Since the early 1970s this organization has led the country in developing innovative, cost-effective approaches to address the health and wellness needs of older adults. We touch the lives of thousands of older adults and their families every year.

A belief in “People Helping People,” has been the foundation of the Friendship Centers for more than four decades. Volunteers serve in nearly every facet of the organization.  Our award-winning centers and our clinics have drawn national and international attention as models for the delivery of programs and services to older adults.

Program Areas

Wellness & Healthy Aging

  • Friendship Centers for activities and education
  • Centers for Healthy Aging medical and dental clinics
  • Dining Programs
  • Lifelong Learning


  • Caregiver Support
  • Caregiver Resource Centers
  • In-home Care Management
  • Friendship at Home Supportive Intervention
  • Friendship Meals on Wheels

Volunteerism & Community Engagement

  • Friendship Volunteer Center with opportunities at non profit agencies throughout the county
  • Friendship Centers opportunities within our centers and programs
  • RSVP programs in Lee County

Counties Served

  • Charlotte
  • Collier
  • DeSoto
  • Lee
  • Sarasota


  • National Adult Day Services Association
  • National Council on Aging
  • Florida Council on Aging
  • Points of Light Institute
  • Hands-On Network
  • Florida Association of Volunteer Centers
  • Florida Adult Day Care Association
  • Florida Association of Aging Service Providers
  • Meals on Wheels Association of America
  • Florida Association of Senior Centers
  • Volunteer Florida
  • Numerous regional & local memberships and affiliations

Social Links

National Programs

  • National Council on Aging Multi-Generational & Civic Engagement Initiative
  • Elderhostel Lifelong Learning
  • MetLife Wisdom Works Teams
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • RSVP
  • AmeriCorps


College and University Partnerships:

  • Barry University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida State University
  • Lake Erie College of Medicine
  • Notre Dame University
  • University of Florida
  • University of South Florida
  • Hodges University
  • Edison State College

Annual Report


  • National Institute for Senior Centers
  • National Council on Aging
  • Adult Day Services Licensed by the State of Florida


  • The Sapphire Award
    The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida
  • William D. Littlefield Award for Corporate Public Service
    AMA Journal of Medical Economics
  • Peter Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation
  • Quality Senior Living Award
    Florida Council on Aging
  • Florence R. Goldmann Award For Excellence in Development and Promotion of Senior Centers
    Florida Association of Senior Centers
  • Award of Achievement in Older Adult Volunteer Program Management
    MetLife Foundation & National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • Most Innovative Provider Award
    Florida Association of Service Providers
  • Molly Mettler Award for Leadership in Health Promotion
    National Council on Aging

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