Virtual Connection for

Friend 2 Friend Volunteers

To our volunteers - we are here for you

As we navigate these uncertain times together, our connections with you and the relationships you’ve built with your Friend is more important than ever. Our team is here to answer your calls, texts, emails and video chat requests. We encourage you to reach out so we can answer questions, provide resources or even just say hello during this time that so many of us are at home.

Tools for Staying Connected

  • Texting is an easy way to stay in communication with your Friend. Please check in with your Friend to make sure they doing okay during these tough times and their basic needs are met. Practicing social distancing can be a big adjustment for your Friend and their family. Please check in to see what they are doing to keep busy and offer help or guidance wherever needed.

  • Schedule a virtual outing weekly using video services like FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom. We'll continue to provide virtual field trip ideas here, on social media and through your match support specialist on a weekly basis.

  • If your Friend has limited access to a phone or computer, you can still keep in touch. Write a letter or card to your Friend each week with encouraging messages and updates to let them know they're on your mind.

  • Talk with your Friend over the phone twice a month. Use our tips below for talking to adults with disabilities about coronavirus as well as ways to continue engaging with them over the phone.

Have intentional communication

  • As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, it may trigger trauma for many people. They may have family members vulnerable to the virus or they may be overwhelmed by the constant influx of news and information surrounding the pandemic.

  • Help your Friend understand why we are taking a pause on in-person meetings. Let them know you care and this is in the hope that we can reduce the number of people getting sick. Take this opportunity to educate them on the importance of staying indoors to protect themselves and others. ​

  • Your Friend may need you as they are experiencing anger, fear, or sadness around the current situation. They or a family member may be vulnerable or have been laid off from a job. Emotions can be high and they will need someone with which to express their feelings.

Virtual Activity Ideas

  • Get Messy!

    Make different types of slime with your match virtually with these homemade slime recipes

    Click Here!

  • Find Your Inner Artist

    Get creative. Try a virtual drawing game with your match and let your creativity flow.

    Dice Art – all you need is dice, paper and something to draw with! Try creating fun works of art together.  

    Roll a doodle 

    Roll a Picasso 

    Scribble.io is a free multiplayer drawing and guessing game. One game consists of a few rounds in which every round someone has to draw their chosen word and others have to guess it to gain points! 

    Draw to your favorite music together. Put on your favorite music while on Facetime and draw as the music inspires you both. Draw how the music is making you feel or illustrate the story the song is telling you. After the song is over, compare pictures and compare the stories you created.

Staying Connected Virtually

Bake/Cook Together

Share a recipe with your Friend ahead time so they can gather the ingredients ahead of time, Then cook/bake the recipe together during your virtual meeting.

Scavenger Hunt

Go on a Scavenger Hunt with the Wildlife Conservation Society. This activity can be done in your own backyard! Draw pictures or take photos if you wish, but most importantly, later share your findings with your Friend. (options also to share with the world wide web) Find activity by clicking here Scavenger Hunt

Virtual Art Galleries
Visit some of the best art galleries in the world virtually. From Paris to New York to Amsterdam, you and your match can see priceless works of art from the world’s most famous artists. Option: you and your match can draw or create a piece of art at home inspired by something you saw and show each other virtually or mail it to each other!  Tell each other what it is you liked about your inspiration art piece or the piece you made.
Attend a Seminar, Learn Something New
  • Learn about Asian small-clawed Otters with the Houston Zoo. (click here: Live with Zookeeper Pricilla) If Otters are not your thing, check out Facebook pages such as the Houston Zoo and the San Diego Zoo for Facebook Live discussions.  Watch with your Friend or Little, re-cap together afterward to reinforce what things you bother learned!  Here are two more suggestions.
  • History of the American Robin, click here Mass. Audubon. If you wait through the final pause, you’ll see a very funny ending!
  • Learn about seals and desensitization training, click here New England Aquarium.  Covid 19, is affecting how our animals learn as well.  Seals need to understand why their trainers are wearing strange masks!  Watch to see how captive seals learn about important medical procedures.
Meditate Together

Try a guided meditation to practice mindfulness and reduce stress. Go to Headspace.com and screen share on zoom to do the meditation together.

Do yoga or a fitness class together

Get moving with your Friend and virtually do yoga or other fitness classes together such as Zumba, a dance class, or work out routines. There are tons of free videos on Youtube that do not require any equipment besides your body. Screen share on Zoom to watch the video together.

Karaoke

Take turns singing your favorite songs or sing along together. Check out free karaoke videos on Youtube or use a website like KaraFun

Start a Food Passport

Get adventurous in the kitchen and try different foods from around the world with your match. Choose a country and pick out a recipe from their culture to complete together over Facetime. Try crepes from France, Matcha Cheesecake from Japan, and pasta from Italy.

Staying Connected, 6 Feet Apart

Picnic Outside

Enjoy the outdoors and meal together at your favorite park or even in your own backyard. Don't forget to bring a meal (not shared, of course).

Photography

Our cameras are only a phone away! Take advantage of them, click away, and share with each other about what you are photographing. What “spoke” to you in your photos and why? Can you send each other some of your work in the mail? A framed photo can be a very meaningful gift!

Socially Distant Games

Bocce Ball, Cornhole, Paddle Ball, Shuffleboard, Toss, Frisbee, golf, volleyball and tennis all fit the bill. Make sure to sanitize your equipment and your hands before and after play!

Explore the Emerald Necklace

Outdoor Activities brought to you by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy: Tree ID Activity, Be the Scientist with iNaturalist, Learn About Birding 

Biking, Jogging, Roller Skating, Oh My!

These types of activities are perfect for social distancing together.  Don’t forget your safety gear!

Practice Your Hand Eye Coordination

Play some frisbee, paddle ball, or beach volleyball together. Make sure to sanitize your equipment and your hands before and after play! Wear your masks and do not touch your face. Be safe and have fun!

Virtual Field Trips

Hundreds of zoos, museums, National Parks and art galleries are now offering free live webcams and virtual field trips to keep people at home entertained and educated.
Schedule a “meetup” time with your Friend, then share the links below to start your virtual field trip!
Click here for more virtual trips you can take with your match.

The MET

Hop into a time machine with your Friend and explore the world by time period, idea, or location. Uncover hidden objects and artworks from the museum's rooms

San Diego Zoo

You and your Friend can tune into the live cams and watch baboons, koalas, elephants, and more

New England Aquarium

Dive into a virtual tour of the New England Aquarium. Watch multiple live presentations such as shark feedings, harbor seal tooth brushing, and sea turtle hospital tour.

  • Send your Friend an e-book. You can read it together over the phone or video chat. Check out what your local library has for virtual resources. Boston Public Library offers ebooks, genealogy, wellness, and online learning resources on their website.
     
  • When you're on the phone or video-chatting your Friend, play games like Two Truth and a Lie, Desert Island, or Would You Rather to extend your conversations. You can also play a game of trivia together to get to know your Friends interests.