Best Buddies

 

Best Buddies- To enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one to one friendships and integrated employment.

 

We at Best Buddies create a one-on-one friendship with people with intellectual disabilities through the pairing of a buddy with a college student volunteer.  College students are paired with a buddy, and they then go to events held by Best Buddies on campus.  Events are usually holiday-themed parties.  The college buddies are also required to take their buddies on outings that are seperate from the actual Best Buddies gatherings/events.  A person does not have to be a buddy to join Best Buddies.  They can opt to be an associate member, where they are expected to attend the events and programs, but are not paired up with a buddy.  This allows for people of all levels of commitment to join this club.  By becoming a buddy, we help to create friendships with others with intellectual disabilities that create a strong, lasting frienship that can make a huge difference in both buddy's lives!