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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

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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 »