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Pen Pals with Purpose | The Volunteer Army

Put pen to paper and make a community connection during this difficult time​.

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With so much uncertainty surrounding us, it can feel overwhelming and pretty lonely. Pen Pals with Purpose is your chance to volunteer to be a source of connection for an elderly resident in our community. While right now we are unable to meet in person, being a pen pal is a pretty epic way to ensure that even without person to person contact we can stay connected.  

How does this work?  

Step 1 | Register to be a Pen Pal with Purpose. Log in to SpArc and follow the instructions.  

Step 2 | We will email you with some handy tips on where to start with your letter and what to include.  

Step 3 | Once you have finished writing, send your letter to us via email. You can either scan your hand written letter, or send it to us in a typed document.

Step 4 | We will send your letter on to our friends over at Uniting to share with their elderly residents.

Step 5 | Once the residents have written their reply, we will pass the letter back to you via email!  


Example Letter:  

Hello there, 

My name is *your name* and I am *what year are you in* year student at the University of New South Wales. 

A bit about yourself: 

  • What do you study? 

  • What are your hobbies? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?  

  • What have you been up to lately?

  • What are you passionate about?  

What would you like to know about them?  

  • What are their hobbies?  

  • Have they had a pen pal before?  

  • What is their favourite food? 

  • How are they doing?  

I look forward to hearing from you soon! 

Take care, 

*your name*  



  • Get creative with how your letter looks, we recommend handwriting your letter and then scanning it on to your computer, or taking a high-quality photo of it, so it has that authentic pen pal feel!  

  • Be specific! Rather than just “Movies, crafts and exercise” – say “Marvel movies, knitting and needlework, and riding your bike.” 

  • Ask lots of questions throughout your letter so they have something to reply too. 

  • Respect yours and their boundaries. 

  • Finish your letter with a “hope to hear from you soon” or “look forward to hearing from you”.