Make a friend with an elder in East Boston!

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Come volunteer with our friendly visiting program where you will develop a one-on-one relationship with an older adult. We are currently looking for volunteers who live or are willing to travel to East Boston.

Friendly visitors typically visit once a week to drink coffee or tea, share stories, take a walk, or assist with small tasks. Friendly visitors are asked to make a 9-12 month commitment. This allows both people to grow and learn from each other, often becoming great friends.

FriendshipWorks was founded 35 years ago to help reduce social isolation, enhance the quality of life, and preserve the dignity of older adults in Greater Boston. This work is accomplished by recruiting volunteers of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds who provide friendship, advocacy, education, assistance, and emotional support. Volunteers are critical to helping address the serious health risks posed by social isolation in the elder community, including accelerating brain and cardiovascular aging.

Help us make matches that create connections, lead to friendships, and reduce isolation, one elder at a time. In turn, you are rewarded with rich one-on-one relationships. The beauty is in both the giving and receiving at FriendshipWorks.

To volunteer: please complete a volunteer application at http://www.fw4elders/volunteer/apply-online/
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About FriendshipWorks


105 Chauncy St., Suite 801, Boston, MA 02111, US

Mission Statement

FriendshipWorks, formerly MATCH-UP Interfaith Volunteers, recruits and trains caring individuals to assist elders living in the Boston area. Our mission is to decrease the isolation that too often comes with age and disability, to promote well being, and to enhance the quality of life of elders. We have seen firsthand the difference ongoing companionship and support can make both for our care recipients and our volunteers.


FriendshipWorks offers a variety of support services to elders in the Boston area. We make friendship matches between volunteers and elders. Volunteers often provide companionship, read aloud, take walks, or assist someone with errands. In addition to ongoing companionship, FriendshipWorks provides one-time assistance such as volunteer escorts to and from medical appointments and respite for family caregivers.


We'll work with your schedule.


105 Chauncy St Ste 801BostonBoston, MA 02111





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  • Must be at least 18
  • Volunteers usually visit once a week for 1-2 hours. We ask volunteers to make a 9-12 month commitment.
  • Volunteers fill out an online application on our website. They have an interview, CORI background check and attend a training, scheduled around their availability.

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