Giving Back: A Volunteer’s Story

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Growing up, I always had my grandmother around to spend time with. I have wonderful memories of when she would babysit me, and all of the fun we had together. While she is blessed with good health, she has expressed a feeling of loneliness at times. My grandmother is 95 years old and lives alone in […] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: Getting Personal


Dear FriendshipWorks Staff, My elder friend and I have been visiting for a while. We have gotten close. Sometimes when she discloses personal information, I am not sure what to say. For example, she has told me she gets very lonely which makes her depressed. How should I respond? – Elizabeth, Friendly Visiting Volunteer ———————————————————————————————– […] Read more »

New President of the Board of Directors

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Connie Packard, longtime volunteer and board member, will lead the organization In January of 2015, FriendshipWorks announced that Connie Packard has been named President of the Board of Directors. Packard has been an active member of the non-profit organization for over 16 years as a Friendly Visiting Volunteer, has served on the Volunteer Leadership […] Read more »

The Apple of My Eye

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Great Grandma is a very talkative individual. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you barely get a word in. The conversation goes from how much she misses the Great Depression to corrupt politicians. She shares stories from her past as well as her thoughts on religion. She talks a mile a […] Read more »

Powerful Speech About 30 Years of Friendship

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Remarks by Janet Seckel-Cerrotti, FriendshipWorks Executive Director, at the 30th Anniversary Gala, “My Friend, My World,” held Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA ——————————————————————————————————————————– “Cast me not off in old age, says the psalmist (psalm 71:18)…Do not forsake me when my strength fails.” I wanted to share this psalm […] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: Difficulty Getting In Touch


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 »

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


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 »