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Empower individuals to manage their chronic conditions.

Because together, we’re stronger. Health Buddies serves Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas County at no charge.

Volunteers, clients, and referrals, click below to sign-up today!

Health Buddies


Health Buddies help adults living with chronic conditions improve their health through comforting, informative phone calls. 

Health Buddies help reduce preventable hospital readmissions for individuals living with chronic conditions through telephone interventions that empower them to self-manage their health. Volunteers are trained to provide support to help clients live independently, with dignity.

Health Buddies serve Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas County at no charge to clients. 

Email Aria Garling at or call (813) 492-8931 for more information.

“I started talking to Victoria back in the summer of 2021, it began as an opportunity for me to earn some community service hours but developed into so much more. My views on aging completely changed upon participating in Health Buddies. Prior to this, I volunteered in a nursing home where many of the residents were bed bound and in cognitive decline. But when I became a Health Buddy to Victoria, all of the sudden I was talking to an active and energetic senior who just wanted someone to lend a listening ear. It truly allowed me to see how dimensional aging was. I had the privilege of learning her life story and the challenges she had to face in her life. All while talking to her, I was actively listening for any resources she might need but was unaware existed. I am glad I was able to get her connected with the support she needed. After the 12 weeks of the program was over, I wanted to continue talking to Victoria because she had become a close friend, we look forward to our weekly phone calls and monthly visits. I’ve even introduced Victoria to my mom and sometimes she joins us on our weekly calls.”

-Melannie, Health Buddies Volunteer

Health Buddies is recognized as one of eleven programs nationwide for the Generations United Program of Distinction Certification, selected for meeting the highest standards of intergenerational effectiveness, program sustainability, and capacity to achieve targeted outcomes. 

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