Elena and Bettie have been matched for over a year!
Question: What do you and your match like to do during your meetings?
Elena: “Bettie and I like to watch the news and crime shows while talking about what’s going on in the world and in our lives. We share our experiences and our day-to-day activities every week. We don’t usually leave Bettie’s apartment but we always have a wonderful time just talking and keeping each other company.”
Question: What have you learned from your match and what have they learned from you?
Elena: “As a lifelong resident of Roxbury, Bettie is an invaluable resource for all things Boston, past and present. We’ve talked about how politics and the world has changed and I’ve learned so much from her perspective. From me I think Bettie’s learned that while many things have changed since she was my age, there is so much about the world and people that’s stayed the same.”
Question: What is your most memorable experience as a volunteer?
Elena: “My favorite experience with Bettie so far was introducing her to my parents when they visited for the weekend. We went to my favorite restaurant in the South End and had a fantastic meal the four of us. It was essential to me that my parents got to meet Bettie, and for Bettie to know how much she means to me.”
Question: What future activities are you looking forward to doing with your match?
Elena: “When it gets a little cooler outside as Fall approaches, we plan to take walks around the neighborhood. I also have been planning to cook a homemade pasta dinner for her with my boyfriend so she can learn a new recipe.”
Question: Why do you volunteer with FriendshipWorks?
Elena: “I started volunteering with FriendshipWorks as a favor to my friend who was previously matched with Bettie when she was studying abroad. We really clicked and I’ve seen her every week or so since. I’ve continued volunteering because it brings me such joy to know that spending time with Bettie makes her happy and gives her something to look forward to.”
Any additional comments you have?
Elena: “I’d like to thank all of the people at FriendshipWorks and all of the volunteers who make this program possible. The work we do is so important to the elder community and I’m honored to be a part of it.”