Speak Polish? Visit with an elder in Cambridge!
We are currently looking for a volunteer who speaks Polish, ideally who lives near Cambridge or Somerville, and who is interested in weekly visiting with an elder. These one-on-one matches are critical to addressing the social isolation that has been exacerbated by COVID-19. Visiting is currently by phone but is transitioning to in-person, likely this summer.
To volunteer: please complete a volunteer application at http://www.fw4elders/volunteer/apply-online/
Ideally, this commitment will be once a week for 9-12 months. The time is flexible.
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.
105 Chauncy St., Suite 801, Boston, MA 02111, US
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.