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MusicWorks: Jamming to the Oldies

 

Photo credit: Joni Lohr

MusicWorks uses music as a way to bring elders and volunteers/friends together. Recently, Liz, an elder living in an assisted living home asked to be matched with a MusicWorks volunteer. She had moved from her longtime home within the last few months, having given up many of her beloved belongings. Liz missed her collection of music, and she was feeling homesick. She also was a little blue about not connecting with people who knew her as a person, not a patient or resident or even as an older person.

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Missing Piece Project: the Joy of Making a Difference

 

The Missing Piece Project, an initiative of our neighborhood office in Allston and Brighton, connects elders with lifetimes of amazing experience to opportunities with parts of the community that can benefit from their wisdom and kindness.

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A Good Neighbor Story

Anthony and Mary
Anthony and Mary

 

 

Anthony and Celestine
Anthony and Celestine

 

 

 

 

About a year ago, Anthony, a neuroscience and pre-med major at Northeastern University, was looking for volunteer opportunities close to his school. He wanted to do more for elders, and wanted to learn more about his neighbors in the Roxbury/South End area. Read More

Kim Manasevit Receives 2016 David Libby Award

Left to right: FW Board President Connie Packard, David Libby Award recipient Kim Manasevit, David Libby Nominator Serene Heartz, FW Executive Director Janet Seckel-Cerrotti, and FW Deputy Director William Margraf
Left to right: FW Board President Connie Packard, David Libby Award recipient Kim Manasevit, David Libby Nominator Serena Heartz, FW Executive Director Janet Seckel-Cerrotti, and FW Deputy Director William Margraf

FriendshipWorks is proud to honor Kim Manasevit with the 2016 David Libby Award in Service to Older People at its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Event held on October 23rd at the United Parish of Brookline.

The David Libby Award in Service to Older People is given annually by FriendshipWorks to honor an extraordinary volunteer who exemplifies selflessness, passion, generosity of time and heart, and concern for elders.   The award recognizes the special gift of reaching out and touching someone else’s life – lightening their burdens and enriching their lives with gentle care and kindness. Read More

Interview with PetPals Founder Ellen Kirchheimer

Photo of PetPals Program Director Ellen Kirchheimer
PetPals Program Director Ellen Kirchheimer

You were involved from the beginning, how was Petpals founded?

I was interested in the research in the use of animals as therapeutic intervention since college.   Around 2000, while I was a member of FriendshipWorks’ Program Committee, FriendshipWorks had a grant to do a survey with residents about receiving friendly visits at Boston area nursing homes. The survey found that most did want a friendly visitor, but also, the possibility of pet visitation as well.

In the next few years, I volunteered my time in creating a pilot animal visitation program for FriendshipWorks. We were lucky to have the expertise in place for the training and screening of volunteers, but we also needed expertise in the screening of animals. We were fortunate to find help from Dr. Amy Marder, well-known animal behaviorist at the Animal Rescue League. Dr. Marder helped design the training and screening program we are still using today. Read More