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Ask FriendshipWorks Series: Difficulty Getting In Touch

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Dear FriendshipWorks Staff, I really enjoyed my first match visit and am really excited to be someone’s friendly visitor, but since then, it’s been almost 3 weeks and I have not been able to reach my elder friend Ed. My calls go straight to voicemail. Should I still go visit? Do you know if [...] Read more »

Me and My Old Bag! The Power of I Love You

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How many times can one person hear the words “I Love You” before becoming indifferent to its true meaning? For me, coming from a certain special lady, there is no amount! From my personal, work and volunteer experience, I feel as though I have always been a good communicator over the phone. I pride myself [...] Read more »

My first medical escort experience

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  As a French student, I have the opportunity this year to realize an internship in the marketing department of FriendshipWorks. This year abroad is very special in my personal background. All seems new to me and very different than my previous years of college. I wanted to take this great occasion to give more [...] Read more »

A wonderful poem on volunteering

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Written by Vivian Freeman, FriendshipWorks Recipient.     You’re eager to help in every way So valuable in the role you play   Devoted as you respond to needs With just the right words and caring deeds   Dependable as you do your part Day in and day out with a giving heart   Always [...] Read more »

FriendshipWorks on FOX Morning News October 1

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FriendshipWorks is on TV!  Executive Director Janet Seckel-Cerrotti will be appearing on WFXT’s FOX Morning News on Wednesday, October 1st at 9:20 am. In celebration of FriendshipWorks’ 30th Anniversary, Janet will discuss what makes FriendshipWorks so vital to thousands of elders and volunteers as well as why she is personally involved in helping to end [...] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: Spirituality and Elders

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Dear FriendshipWorks Staff, In volunteer training we were taught not to bring up religion to our elder. I have been visiting Bernadette for a couple of months now and she has been asking a lot about what I believe. I know that religion is important to her; am I allowed to attend church with [...] Read more »

“Can I have Seconds Now?” Our Labor Day Cookout

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For Labor Day weekend, FriendshipWorks helped organize a social lunch at the Anna Bissonnette House. Thirty elders celebrated Labor Day together outside around a table. Friendly Helper volunteers welcomed those eager to enjoy the holiday, eat some burgers, and get some sun. Elders of FriendshipWorks programs were in attendance, and the invitation was extended to [...] Read more »

Working on Behalf of Elders

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Was it when my mother recruited me to help serve Thanksgiving dinner to elderly residents living in senior citizen public housing in New York city? Or maybe it was when I worked as Program Director for the MUSICARE Program in Boston providing arts programs to elders, that I realized, although growing older has it’s joys, [...] Read more »

An Unlikely Friendship: Erin and Tyrone

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Though Erin and Tyrone were matched for only 3 months before Tyrone’s passing, theirs is an incredible story of the rejuvenating power of friendship. Tyrone was referred to us as a reclusive man who, after learning he was terminally ill, no longer left the house. Still, he seemed receptive to a visitor, so we matched [...] Read more »

A Chance Encounter: A New Direction

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I’ve always had a heart for elders, but a few years ago I said hello to a stranger on a park bench in downtown Boston, and he changed my life. It was the end of a lazy, long summer between my first and second year of graduate school, and I took a walk along the [...] Read more »