The Volunteer Experience

F2F ExtraFriend 2 Friend volunteers are people who care genuinely and for different reasons about adults with disabilities. Some have family members or good friends with disabilities. Some are considering work in, or are currently working in, the disabilities field. Some have experienced, in their own way, having to fight for access, inclusion, acceptance. Some are brand new to the Boston area and eager to meet new people. Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Friend 2 Friend Programs afford the volunteer an opportunity to connect, in meaningful ways, with another adult seeking friendship.

At our first Friend 2 Friend meeting, she came running down the hall screaming, ‘Lee! You’re my sister, my twin sister!’ I knew our time together would be special. Without a doubt, I made the right decision.

Melissa and I have done a number of activities since being matched in the program: going for manicures, eating healthy food (and the occasional dessert), even dancing up a storm at the Friend 2 Friend Chanukah party!

– Leora, Friend 2 Friend volunteer

All prospective volunteers undergo a series of two interviews: a phone screening with a member of our Outreach team and an in-person interview with a Friend 2 Friend caseworker. The agency conducts background and driving record checks. And, if a volunteer is qualified and wishes to advance in the process, the caseworker presents him/her with the profile of a waiting adult. The caseworker arranges a first meeting between the volunteer and the participant. The caseworker is present and, if volunteer/participant/caseworker concur, the match relationship is formed.

The caseworker supports the match from its inception, conducting monthly phone and e-mail check-ins. Caseworkers remain available to help brainstorm activities and to field questions and concerns as they arise.

Ready to see what all the fuss is about? Apply now.