What is Betsy’s Buddies?

Betsy’s Buddies is geared to facilitate one-on-one visitations between volunteers and home-bound members in our community. This companionship program will pair people with mutual values and interest in the hopes of building a mutually rewarding relationship for both the volunteers and their buddy.

Activities our volunteers can expect to engage in might be taking a walk, playing a game, discussing current events, and sharing stories. We also have chicken soup available for pick up for what we call “Chit Chat and Chicken Soup!” 

Chabad of Stamford is excited to be running Betsy’s Buddies Program in memory of Betsy Polakoff, OBM, a lifelong, avid member of Hadassah and benefactor of Chabad of Stamford.

Volunteer for Betsy's Buddies!

Even in a vibrant, multifaceted community like ours, a person can become isolated for numerous reasons. We believe it can and should be different. 

Volunteer for Betsy's Buddies to help make this differnce!


To call your buddy once a week

To visit your buddy at least twice a month

Aside for visitations there are other volunteer opportunities such as shopping, cokking, deliviring etc. please note your prefrerences on the comments.

Questions? Email programs@chabadstamford.org or call 203-3CHABAD

Suggest a Buddy

Know someone who can use another freind in their life? Someone elderly or dealing with an ilness or for anty other reason, fill out this short form and we will piar them with someone.

Betsy’s Buddies Events

Starting in 2020 Betsy’s Buddies started hosting events to further foster community connections and fun.

Inspired by the unique isolation created by Covid 'buddies' and volunteers recived ingridients prepared by 7th grade cstudents of the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy and gathered on Zoom for an evening of cooking and games.

The next event will be for Mother's Day, stay Tuned for details

Past events included:

 Thanksgiving Meals

Chanukah Luncheon

Tu B'Shevat Intergenerational Dinner - See pictures here

Volunteer Feedback form

We are always looking to imporove our offerings and share the experinces created with Betsy's Buddies, please fill out this form to share your feedback. 

@Leah, this was not used since 2015, still needed?

More About Betsy's Buddies

Chabad Lubavitch of Stamford is dedicated to bringing love, optimism, Torah and Mitzvot to every Jew in the community no matter their religious affiliation or level of observance. With Betsy’s Buddies we will focus on facilitating one-on-one visitations between volunteers and homebound members in the community. This companionship program pairs people with mutual values, care and commitment through social, physical, mental and spiritual engagement thus bringing positive energy and friendship to both individuals.

Because even in a vibrant, multifaceted community like ours, a person can become isolated for numerous reasons. We believe it can and should be different.

Of course friendship is a two way street. Through pairing “buddies”, aging or homebound community members will have the opportunity to share their invaluable life experience and wisdom. Some of the activities you may be engaged in are taking a walk, playing a game, celebrating a holiday together, listening to music, discussing current events, and learning Torah. Research shows how crucial social engagement and loving relationships help a person’s mind, body and soul remain content and vibrant. Both volunteers and participants will gain a mutually rewarding experience. These visits will become a highlight of the week, both yours and your buddy.

To become a volunteer fill out the application and we will contact you. We look forward to your participation.


About our namesake Betsy Polakoff 

Betsy Polakoff was a wonderfully kind woman who was fiercely committed to Jewish causes. A staunch, life long member of Hadassah, she visited Israel on one of their organized trips and spoke about how impressed she was. Betsy always loved when children visited her. She felt it was very healing for her.

Betsy was an excellent accountant and always had a clear mind, Thank G‑d. She always knew exactly what she needed.  

"Last week I went with Shlomo and my baby to deliver food to Betsy.  It was a wonderful experience, we basked in her glory, shared different tales and it was very rewarding!"

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