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Toddlers18 Months-3 Years

Friends at Home

Children with special needs often have many adults in their lives - parents, teachers, therapists and doctors. The Friends at Home program offers the one thing these children are missing out on: friendship. Each week, a pair of specially trained volunteers visits their special friend in his or her home, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of giving back and gain respect and empathy for those facing difficult challenges.

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Preschool3-5 Years

Sunday Circle

Sunday Circles is 2 hours of non-stop fun and engagement under the guidance of a Special Ed teacher or therapist and with the help of our teen buddies. Our participants are divided into various rooms according to age and needs. They are exposed to a number of different fun and social activities while interacting with their teen buddies. Music Therapy is a staple at our Sunday Circles program in addition to other electives such as yoga, zumba,...

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Summer Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

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Winter Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

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Sports & Swim

Sports and Swim gives the children an opportunity to excel in their swimming skills and strengthen their muscle tone as well as instill independence and confidence as they enjoy time in the pool and participate in a variety of professional sport activities. Each month we will focus on the rules and skills of another sport.

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Friends at Home

Children with special needs often have many adults in their lives - parents, teachers, therapists and doctors. The Friends at Home program offers the one thing these children are missing out on: friendship. Each week, a pair of specially trained volunteers visits their special friend in his or her home, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of giving back and gain respect and empathy for those facing difficult challenges.

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Elementary6-11 Years

Sunday Circle

Sunday Circles is 2 hours of non-stop fun and engagement under the guidance of a Special Ed teacher or therapist and with the help of our teen buddies. Our participants are divided into various rooms according to age and needs. They are exposed to a number of different fun and social activities while interacting with their teen buddies. Music Therapy is a staple at our Sunday Circles program in addition to other electives such as yoga, zumba,...

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Summer Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

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Winter Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

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Sports & Swim

Sports and Swim gives the children an opportunity to excel in their swimming skills and strengthen their muscle tone as well as instill independence and confidence as they enjoy time in the pool and participate in a variety of professional sport activities. Each month we will focus on the rules and skills of another sport.

More Info »

Friends at Home

Children with special needs often have many adults in their lives - parents, teachers, therapists and doctors. The Friends at Home program offers the one thing these children are missing out on: friendship. Each week, a pair of specially trained volunteers visits their special friend in his or her home, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of giving back and gain respect and empathy for those facing difficult challenges.

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Teens12-17 years

Sunday Circle

Sunday Circles is 2 hours of non-stop fun and engagement under the guidance of a Special Ed teacher or therapist and with the help of our teen buddies. Our participants are divided into various rooms according to age and needs. They are exposed to a number of different fun and social activities while interacting with their teen buddies. Music Therapy is a staple at our Sunday Circles program in addition to other electives such as yoga, zumba,...

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Hanging with Friends

"Mom, just going to hang with my friends." This program will give teens the opportunity to "hang out" around town with new and old friends.

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Art Elective

Explore your imagination and creativity through various art projects! This program is a great opportunity to have fun, engage with friends and come out with a beautiful piece at the end!  

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Loaves of Love

As Friendship Circle participants are growing older, we realize a lack of employment opportunities for them within the community. "Loaves of Love" will be staffed in full by high school teens and young adults with special needs. Our staff members will be responsible for taking orders, creating items and having them ready for pick up. A certified job coach will work to ensure that our participants are gaining the skills and performing the correct tasks. The goal...

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The Friendship Bakery

The Friendship bakery aims to empower our participants by challenging them to take on the responsibilities of creating and selling their own products. In this program, our teens and young adults  get together to bake different delicious foods to sell to our Friendship Circle family and friends.

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Summer Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

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YAD Junior

Meeting weekly, our Young Adult Division gives young adults with special needs an opportunity to have fun and hang out with friends in a comfortable and safe environment. Through a series of community service oriented activities, participants learn the satisfaction of giving back while gaining vital social and vocational skills. We will be going on monthly trips out in the community and having special electives giving participants exposure to many different experiences.

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Winter Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

More Info »

Sports & Swim

Sports and Swim gives the children an opportunity to excel in their swimming skills and strengthen their muscle tone as well as instill independence and confidence as they enjoy time in the pool and participate in a variety of professional sport activities. Each month we will focus on the rules and skills of another sport.

More Info »

Friends at Home

Children with special needs often have many adults in their lives - parents, teachers, therapists and doctors. The Friends at Home program offers the one thing these children are missing out on: friendship. Each week, a pair of specially trained volunteers visits their special friend in his or her home, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of giving back and gain respect and empathy for those facing difficult challenges.

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Young Adults18+ years

Hanging with Friends

"Mom, just going to hang with my friends." This program will give teens the opportunity to "hang out" around town with new and old friends.

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Art Elective

Explore your imagination and creativity through various art projects! This program is a great opportunity to have fun, engage with friends and come out with a beautiful piece at the end!  

More Info »

Loaves of Love

As Friendship Circle participants are growing older, we realize a lack of employment opportunities for them within the community. "Loaves of Love" will be staffed in full by high school teens and young adults with special needs. Our staff members will be responsible for taking orders, creating items and having them ready for pick up. A certified job coach will work to ensure that our participants are gaining the skills and performing the correct tasks. The goal...

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The Friendship Bakery

The Friendship bakery aims to empower our participants by challenging them to take on the responsibilities of creating and selling their own products. In this program, our teens and young adults  get together to bake different delicious foods to sell to our Friendship Circle family and friends.

More Info »

Summer Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

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YAD- Young Adult Division

Meeting weekly, our Young Adult Division gives young adults with special needs an opportunity to have fun and hang out with friends in a comfortable and safe environment. Through a series of community service oriented activities, participants learn the satisfaction of giving back while gaining vital social and vocational skills. We will be going on monthly trips out in the community and having special electives giving participants exposure to many different experiences.

More Info »

Winter Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

More Info »

Friends at Home

Children with special needs often have many adults in their lives - parents, teachers, therapists and doctors. The Friends at Home program offers the one thing these children are missing out on: friendship. Each week, a pair of specially trained volunteers visits their special friend in his or her home, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of giving back and gain respect and empathy for those facing difficult challenges.

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Family

Color Run

The 5th annual Friendship Circle Color Run is returning to Manalapan Recreation on Sunday, October 22nd. Join us for an amazing event while raising awarness and acceptance in the community. Be a part of the art….add your personal color to a grand canvas of care! The FC Color Run is a 5k run where everyone is a winner. Runners are sprayed from head to toe with an array of colors creating a colorful canvas of children and adults united...

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Meet and Greet

Welcome to the Friendship Circle Family! A chance to get together and meet all our fellow volunteers, parents and students of The Friendship Circle.

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Walk4Friends

Over 1,000 men, women and children come out each year to walk in support of children with special needs, spreading the message of acceptance and solidarity, while raising crucial funds and awareness for the Friendship Circle’s many programs. This program is vital for the continuation of Friendship Circle and its programs.

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Volunteer

MVP- Mitzvah Volunteer Program- Session 2

MVP gives pre-teens an opportunity to do a Mitzvah Project on something that will truly impact their lives. It will change the way participants view others, act towards one another, the community, society and more importantly, the way they view themselves. It is the perfect way for boys and girls to prepare for their Bar/ Bat Mitzvah. The curriculum created for MVP will include multimedia presentations and other interactive activities. Over the course of 6 weeks we aim to cover...

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