Want a rewarding, meaningful volunteer experience unlike any other? Give the invaluable gift of your friendship to an adult with disabilities. In these times of social isolation, volunteer to be a friend to an adult with disabilities and offer a little of your time, your laughter and your thoughtfulness.

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston (JBBBS) created the Friend 2 Friend (F2F) program to provide adults with mild to moderate disabilities the opportunity to make new friends, socialize, stay active and be connected to the community. F2F programs support one-to-one friendships for qualifying adults. Participants are ages 18-plus with mild to moderate disabilities including but not limited to developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, mild mental illness, autism spectrum disorders and traumatic brain injury. They possess basic conversational and independent living skills. Participants, both Jewish and from other faiths and backgrounds, are from a variety of different places and life experiences. The common thread is that each participant could both benefit from, and seeks, human connection and friendship.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and spend a few hours just once or twice a month with their Friend, sharing mutual interests and activities. During COVID-19, Friends are meeting virtually or in person, only when comfortable, and under Massachusetts and CDC social distancing and safety guidelines. Our community includes people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, races, religions and backgrounds. There’s a one-year minimum commitment, and clinical match support will be provided.

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