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 teen 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.
The Friendship Circle was founded on the belief that teens can make a huge difference in the lives of others. The Volunteer Club celebrates our teen volunteers’ outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life for all members of our community through a series of dinners, educational activities and social events.
The Mitzvah Volunteer Program is a training program for 6th and 7th grade boys and girls that teaches the volunteers how to interact with children who have special needs. Volunteers will learn about various disabilities, appropriate conduct while volunteering, the importance of giving back to the community and the huge impact they can make on others. Great as a stand alone Bar or Bat Mitzvah project, it also gives the teens the skills necessary to be a
Every year Friendship Circle elects presidents. Presidents have many roles including being a role model for the kids and other volunteers. Meetings are held monthly and focus on the different disabilities volunteers encounter while volunteering at the Friendship Circle and how best to work with these children. Being a President also means recruiting new volunteers and encouraging the old ones. Presidents are involved in planning and executing special events such as the Walk4Friends and Friends at Home