People, pets, and music are inherent to the human soul. FriendshipWorks ensures that these connections continue to provide support for isolated older adults. Service areas include all of Boston, Brookline, Newton, Somerville, and Cambridge.
We match older adults, (60+ years of age or 55+ for those with visual or hearing impairments) with volunteers for friendship and assistance. We also have Spanish-speaking staff and can often match in a variety of languages. Our participants do not pay a fee for any of our programs. FriendshipWorks' coverage area includes all of Boston, Brookline, Newton, Somerville, and Cambridge.
Friendly Visiting: Friendly Visitors develop one-on-one relationships with older adults. They visit once a week to drink coffee or tea, share stories, go for walks or do errands together or assist with small tasks. Over time, both people grow and learn from each other, often becoming great friends. Serving Boston, Brookline, Newton, Cambridge, Somerville.
Medical Escorts: Our Medical Escorts offers comfort, reassurance, and mobility/navigation assistance to elders beginning inside the home, continuing to the doctor’s office and appointment room, and ending with a safe return back inside the home. Serving Boston and Brookline.
Friendly Helpers: Volunteers provide short-term assistance to older adults who need help with specific tasks. Activities might include: helping with organization, seasonal tasks, errands, or picking up library books. Serving Boston and Brookline.
PetPals: This pet visitation program brings volunteers and their pets to visit older adults living in long-term care facilities. Serving Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge.
MusicWorks: Musicians bring the joy of music to older adults in their buildings, offering them the opportunity to listen, engage, and participate in group activities that include singing, dancing, and playing instruments. Serving Boston.