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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,... Read more
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.
FriendshipWorks is a great organization. The friendly visiting coordinator (Jennifer DeLorey) is wonderful and pairs you with an elder near you that simply wants companionship. I volunteered with three elders over the past three years. They are lovely people, they just didn't have family nearby and wanted a friend. You organize a weekly visit, where you just enjoy each other's company and chat. One elder requested help with medical treatments/daily tasks which I'd help with during the visit, but it really is more about the companionship provided. Additionally, the volunteer coordinator facilitates the first meeting between you and the elder to make sure it's a good fit!
If you're looking for an easy way to get involved in your local community and really impact someone's life, this is it. You'd be surprised how much an hour or two of your time means to someone who typically spends all day alone.