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!