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Newton residents: come support elders in your community!

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ORGANIZATION: FriendshipWorks

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Come volunteer with our friendly visiting program where you will develop a one-on-one relationship with an older adult in Newton. We are currently looking for volunteers who live in Newton and who are interested in in-person visiting (phone, skype, Facetime, text, etc.) with an elder in Newton.

Ideally, this commitment will be for 9-12 months. The time is flexible.
To volunteer: please complete a volunteer application at https://fw4elders.org/get-involved/volunteer-application.html

When meeting in-person, Friendly visitors typically visit once a week to drink coffee or tea, share stories, take a walk, listen to music, 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 learn more, visit www.fw4elders.org

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About FriendshipWorks

Location:

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.

Description

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.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Seniors
Women
Community, Seniors, Women

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

105 Chauncy St Ste 801BostonBoston, MA 02111

(42.35305,-71.06109)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once a week for 20-45 min for a phone call. In-person visits typically last 1-2 hours.
  • All volunteers have an interview, training and background check.

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