Most of our volunteers are out in the community helping elders who need support and companionship. Their connection to our organization remains strong and they build relationships with one another by attending a number of volunteer events each year.
Twice a year the FriendshipWorks program coordinators organize learning opportunities for our volunteers. The workshops aim to give volunteers a better understanding of issues related to aging and to help develop skills for working with an older population. Previous workshops included “How to Say No: Tips for Creating Boundaries,” “Better Communication with Your Elder Friend,” “Mobility Skills Training: Walkers, Wheelchairs, & Canes,” “Talking to Elders with Memory Impairment” and “Defusing Anger.”
One of our most anticipated events is the annual Volunteer Appreciation, where we rent out a venue in Boston and showcase our volunteers’ amazing achievements that year. Our executive director, Janet Seckel-Cerrotti presents on what we’ve achieved together by working to better the lives of Boston’s older adults. This is a formal thank you, with food, dessert and gifts, for those who’ve given their time to make our community a better place. This year’s event is set for
June 5th, 2014 from 5:30-7:00PM
The Paulist Center, 5 Park Street Boston, MA 02108.
BY CAR From the North or South: Take Rte. 93 to the Storrow Drive Exit. Follow Storrow Drive for 2 miles. Take the Fenway Exit (on left). Bear left, and follow the signs for Boylston St. Inbound. Go through four quick sets of lights and take a right at the fifth set of lights onto Dalton St. Once you are on Dalton, your second right is Belvidere St.
From the West: Take Rte 90 East (Mass Pike) to Exit 22 (Prudential Center/Copley Square). At the fork, stay to the left following the Prudential Center sign. Once above ground, you will merge onto Huntington Ave. Take your first right at the light onto Belvidere Street. St. Cecilia Church is on the right just after the Hilton hotel.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION The closest T (subway) station is the Hynes Convention Center/ICA stop on the Green Line (also on the #1 Bus Route). Go left as you exit the station. You are now on Mass Ave. Your second left is Belvidere St., and the church is on the left.
PARKING Reduced-rate parking (maximum of three hours) is available Sundays at the Prudential Center parking garage, Laz parking, and at the Hilton Boston Back Bay. Please bring your parking ticket to church for validation before returning to the garage.
ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED The church is fully accessible.
More information about this location can be found on their website, http://www.stceciliaboston.org.
Holiday Open House
During the holiday season we always hold a day for the friends and volunteers of FriendshipWorks to stop by and say hello. Our conference room becomes a winter wonderland (we love decorating!) and is filled with delicious snacks, cookies, fruit, and beverages.