Friend 2 Friend Friday: Meet Ella!

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February 27th, 2015
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On Friend 2 Friend Friday, we introduce you to one participant who’s waiting on a volunteer match in our programs for adults with disabilities. Maybe, just maybe, (s)he’s waiting in your neck of the woods. If you’re currently matched, we hope you’ll help us to spread the word. Share our content on social media. If you’re not currently matched, consider whether you should be! Apply online at!


28-year-old Ella is busy and accomplished. She attends a vocational program during the week, has learned to horseback ride, cares for a pet, a dog, which she loves to take for walks around her Canton neighborhood. And she’s recently back from Israel, where she attended a Taglit-Birthright trip for people with special needs.

Ella – who has a developmental delay and a syndrome requiring close supervision around food and meals –  has been twice matched in Friend 2 Friend, her first match lasting five years! This time, she’s been waiting for over a year to be re-matched owing, in large part, to geography. (Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters historically sees fewer volunteers from South Shore communities.) Ella stays the course, though, because friendship means so much to her.

Ella is looking for a Friend who: Enjoys computer games, board games and books as much as she does. Mysteries are her favorite. She also likes movies, museums and sporting events, learning about and observing animals (farms, zoos, pet shops)! A volunteer would need to be able to provide transportation to and from outings, so proximity to Canton – or willingness to drive there – is a must. Ella’s Friend can also expect to confer regularly with her mom, who’s an important part of Ella’s life.

Living or working on the South Shore? We need you!