105 Chauncy St. Suite 801, Boston, MA 02111 friend@fw4elders.org 617-482-1510


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

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Why MusicWorks?

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.

“When I heard that song, it brought back fond memories of my husband and our first years of marriage.”-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. Matches enjoy music together in a variety of ways including singing together, the volunteer or elder (or both!) playing an instrument, or listening to recorded music on records, CDs, the television, or other technology.

Monthly music groups, which allow elders to enjoy music in a larger group setting, are also provided in select elder buildings in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain.

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.

If you are or know of an elder who would benefit from a MusicWorks volunteer, please visit our referral page.

If you have any questions about the MusicWorks program, you can contact friend@fw4elders.org or call (617) 482-1510 option 7.

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