EVENT DATE: May 20, 2018
Thank you for your support. I hope you read my story and recognize the significance of this fundraiser.
FriendshipWorks has improved the lives of many elders in Boston, my parents being two of them.
My story with FriendshipWorks began when my parents moved here to Boston; a city where they knew few people. Unfortunately, my parents’ health started to decrease, and as their only daughter, I was desperate for the extra help. That was when I contacted FriendshipWorks and the Friendly Visiting program. They were able to match up a volunteer for each of my parents on a very personal level, both emotionally and intellectually. As time passed my parents’ volunteers went from being caregivers, to good friends, and finally, to feeling like family. FriendshipWorks and their match-ups not only helped me take care of my loved-ones, but they also helped them build a social network in a large city where they once knew no one.Thanks to FriendshipWorks and their generosity, my parents were able to live their last years filled with love, friendship, and the knowledge that they were not alone.
Today, I consider myself an ambassador for FriendshipWorks because I support their mission in ending social isolation for elders. I have personally seen the positive effects this organization has on those in need, and I could not be more grateful for their work. Since my parents’ passing, my husband Bob and I have continued to volunteer and donate in support of FriendshipWorks. I want to encourage my friends, family, colleagues, and everyone I meet to do the same. You may not personally need the help now, but there are many lonely, depressed, and uncared for elders in Boston who desperately do.
The Walk to End Elder Isolation raises money to support the amazing programs FriendshipWorks offers for these elders. Please help them reach their $100,000 goal by donating and/or registering for the walk.