FriendshipWorks volunteers represent all ages, faiths, and backgrounds, and come to us from congregations, schools, businesses, and the community at large.
What Do Volunteers Do?
FriendshipWorks volunteers help elderly and disabled adults with almost anything one friend might do for another. Our volunteers and their friends read aloud, go for walks, help get to appointments, visit by phone, and much more.
Friendly Visiting offers volunteers and their matches the opportunity for long-term friendship bonds. Our Friendly Visiting volunteers meet regularly with their “match” over a series of months, for companionship and shared activities. Volunteers with our Walking Buddies specialty program may incorporate exercise and physical strengthening into their weekly Friendly Visits. MusicWorks offers opportunities to connect volunteers and elders with the joy of music appreciation. MusicWorks is part of the Friendly Visitors program in Jamaica Plain.
Volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of older, isolated Bostonians but have busy or unpredictable schedules enjoy the flexibility of our Medical Escort and Friendly Helpers programs. These volunteers perform neighborly services to people in need on a one-time basis. Medical Escorting and Friendly Helpers can be easily tailored to the volunteer’s schedule.
Our PetPals Volunteers visit nursing homes and long-term care facilities with their pets. The wagging tails of dogs and the purring of the cats bring smiles and laughter to the faces of nursing home residents, some of whom may be isolated or lonely.
View a chart providing more information about all of our volunteer opportunities.
Applying Is Easy
Its easy to become a FriendshipWorks volunteer! You can fill out our online volunteer application, and a FriendshipWorks staff person will contact you within a few days to help schedule a training session. We offer training and ongoing support for every one of our volunteers.
If you have additional questions about volunteering with FriendshipWorks you can call our office at 617-482-1510.