MusicWorks brings music to isolated elders in Jamaica Plain. We match volunteers with elders to meet weekly or biweekly. Volunteers assist elders in listening to music they love, and provide friendship through shared enjoyment of music. MusicWorks’ in Jamaica Plain is a pilot program created in collaboration with Goddard House.
Elders who are isolated in their homes can experience depression, a lack of strength and energy, and mental health problems. MusicWorks offers friendship, connections, and the joy of music to an elder’s life. Music enhances memory skills, lifts spirits, and helps them retain a strong sense of identity. We believe that through music and friendship, elders can connect to both their past and the present in a way that is meaningful and fulfilling.
-a quote from a JP elder after attending a MusicWorks activity.
How It Works
Volunteers visit with their friend for 1 or 2 hours weekly or biweekly. Each volunteer will be provided with an iPod which can be loaded with the elder’s favorite tunes, and they will enjoy and discuss about the experience together. After the match visit, the elder will be able to keep the iPod and listen to it through provided speakers while alone or with other visitors. This way, elders will have the opportunity to listen to music on their own times and with friends.
Besides the iPod, there will be a variety of ways MusicWorks introduces music to the lives of elders, including the use of musical instruments, listening to the radio, or attending music related activities.
How to Apply
FriendshipWorks goes to great lengths to ensure “matches” are favorable for both the volunteer and recipient. We take into consideration personality, geography, and many other criteria. No special musical skills are required, just the love of friendship and music appreciation. Apply to volunteer and tell us a little about yourself. We’ll introduce you to somebody special!
To volunteer with FriendshipWorks, please fill out our online volunteer application or call us at 617-277-5248 for more information.
You can also contact Tahani Roman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the MusicWorks program.