Our Friendly Visiting program matches volunteers with elderly individual who would like somebody to visit them on an ongoing basis.

Volunteers and their matches can develop long lasting friendships that are beneficial to both."

Why Friendly Visiting?

Without the stimulation that social interaction and friendship provide, an isolated elder can experience poor health, a lack of strength and energy, depression, and other physical, emotional, and mental health problems. Weekly visits from our friendly volunteers can change all that.

Friendly Visiting is fun for both the volunteer and recipient! Many of our “matches” last years, allowing for shared interests and activities that come with enduring friendships.

“Thank you for Patricia. Knowing that she will be coming to visit on Sunday makes all the difference.” -Eva, age 102

How It Works

Volunteers visit with their friends for an hour or two each week.

Some others activities that our volunteers enjoy with their friends include:

  • A friendly chat over a meal
  • Reading aloud
  • Helping with light chores
  • Trips shopping or to a local coffee shop
  • Any other activity that friends enjoy!

Many elders would like to walk or listen to music during this weekly visit, so Walking Buddies or our music program may be incorporated as an activity for the volunteer and elder to do together.


Share thoughts, feelings, and memories associated with an elder’s favorite music. The MusicWorks program will bring music to elders in their homes; volunteers will visit elders and work together with them to create a list of the elder’s favorite music, which they will enjoy and discuss together.

Walking Buddies

There is no exercise like walking. It’s easy, natural, and something we enjoy doing. The Walking Buddies specialty program matches volunteers with elders who would like a volunteer to walk with them. Depending on the needs of the elder, walks may be short or long, indoors or outside.

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. 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 might benefit from our services, please visit our referral page.

If you have any questions about our Friendly Visiting programs, please contact friend@fw4elders.org or call (617) 482-1510 option 3.