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Friendly Helpers

Friendly Helper volunteers provide one-time and short-term assistance to elderly individuals who have a specific need and no one to help.

Looking through papersWhy Friendly Helpers?

Age or physical disability can pose challenges for many elders who may be otherwise able, but need assistance with certain tasks. Many elders are socially isolated and have no one to help them with activities that are crucial for them to remain independent, such as picking up medications or filling out important paperwork.

The Friendly Helpers Program provides a way for older adults in Boston to receive the help they need, while still feeling autonomous. Additionally, the volunteer opportunity is flexible and volunteers provide assistance to elders when they are available, without making a long-term commitment.

“Moving into assisted living was scary and I wanted to shop around. Thanks to Louise I saw a few facilities and found the one that suited me best.”– Mary, age 85

How It Works

Friendly Helpers assist with tasks such as:

  • Seasonal tasks (like shoveling or hanging decorations)
  • Light packing
  • Organizing papers or old photos
  • Picking up medications
  • Accompanying to tour assisted living or nursing home facilities

Volunteers need a willingness to help elders, patience, and a commitment to a minimum of three assists within a 6-month period. We need volunteers both with and without cars. This is a flexible opportunity and we are happy to work with your schedule.

To become a Friendly Helper volunteer, please fill out our online volunteer application. If you are or know of an elder who would benefit from a Friendly Helper, call us at 617-482-1510 for more information.

You can also contact Bryan Perkins at bperkins@fw4elders.org if you have any questions about the Friendly Helpers program.