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Friendship Flash – Issue 1 – January 3, 2019

  Introducing the Friendship Flash The Friendship Circle bids farewell to 2018 on a high and grateful note! We would like to express sincere thanks to an incredible community, our group of generous matchers, our dedicated supporters (279 and counting!), and our adult volunteers. This dynamic group of people came together to not only reach but surpass our goal to raise $54K through a 36-hour campaign called Love.Live.Give. These funds will allow us to continue our efforts and create more programs for children, teens, and adults with special needs, as well as expand the opportunities for our dedicated teen volunteers.  Additionally, we recently launched our Adult Volunteer group which was a huge success! This initiative was not only instrumental in carrying out the Love.Live.Give campaign, but it’s creation will further enable us to expand our focus and grow as an organization. Last, but certainly not least, we celebrated the final days of 2018 with a fun-filled week of Winter Camp at the end of December. The camp offers children the...
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Introducing the Friendship Flash 

The Friendship Circle bids farewell to 2018 on a high and grateful note! We would like to express sincere thanks to an incredible community, our group of generous matchers, our dedicated supporters (279 and counting!), and our adult volunteers. This dynamic group of people came together to not only reach but surpass our goal to raise $54K through a 36-hour campaign called Love.Live.Give. These funds will allow us to continue our efforts and create more programs for children, teens, and adults with special needs, as well as expand the opportunities for our dedicated teen volunteers.  Additionally, we recently launched our Adult Volunteer group which was a huge success! This initiative was not only instrumental in carrying out the Love.Live.Give campaign, but it’s creation will further enable us to expand our focus and grow as an organization. Last, but certainly not least, we celebrated the final days of 2018 with a fun-filled week of Winter Camp at the end of December. The camp offers children the chance to bond with the...
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LOVE.LIVE.GIVE – The People Behind the Quotes

Friendship Circle touches the lives of everyone involved. The program has the ability to shape lives, not only for our participants, ranging from children to young adults, but also our teen and adult volunteers, families, and other supporters. You’ve read about them in the #LoveLiveGive campaign, now get to know them better. Senthil Muthiah – Young Adult Participant Senthil is a 21-year-old adult participant living in Marlboro—he joined Friendship Circle in 2014. During his time with the group, Senthil’s accomplishments have been vast and impressive. He was named Most Improved Athlete in 2012 for his participation in spring track. Additionally, he was named Student of the Month in February 2014 at Marlboro High School, given the Most Likely to Brighten Your Day award in 2015, and received the Physical Education Department Award in June 2015. But before Friendship Circle, things were different for Senthil. Despite being friendly and kind, school was a difficult and lonely time for Senthil. He didn’t...
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Birthdays and Celebrations: October – December 2018

At Friendship Circle you are never just a participant, volunteer or staff you are family! Congratulations to everyone celebrating their birthdays and other milestones this time of year! PARTICIPANTS & VOLUNTEER BIRTHDAYS October Birthdays | James D | Jake G | Mark Z | Jaret F | Jake C | Ethan R | Alex G | Ariel I | Jonathan S | Alex F | Rebecca H | Ashley M | Taylor Y | Naomi B | Rachel G | Hannah R | Nicholas S | Alexander M | November Birthdays | Carlos W | Thomas R | Rebecca H | Ari K | Walker B | Rachel S | Yael S | Alexa R | Arbel L | Alexa F | Ashley S | Max K | Kiana M | Rachel G | Renata M | December Birthdays | Ryan L | Eliza I | Julie H | Samantha S | Sofia K | Julia K | Ally H | Ryan S | Liam H | Amy D | Jason S | Emily H | Justin B | Justin B | Hannah S | Raquel K | Grace M | Anisha S | Kaitlyn G | Lauren O | Ryan  | Gaby M | Kiera J | Jake S | Hannah M...
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Sunday Programs End of 2018 Happenings

Our Sunday programs are dedicated to providing participants with 2 hours of fun and engagement under the guidance of an experienced teacher and with the help of our teen buddies.  Our recent Sunday programs have included Martial Arts, Yoga, and Dance! Special feature- exciting visit from the local Fireman, police officers and ambulance! We even got a chance to check out all the vehicles!   Each week is assigned a unique theme, and all of our activities–crafts, music, etc.–are tied in to that theme. Recently we’ve made apple volcanoes for Fall week, wrote letters to our favorite Disney characters, organized a “Find the Mickey” Scavenger hunt for Disney week, and got cozy in pajamas for breakfast and pillow making during pajama week.   We’re already seeing amazing new friendships blossoming between our buddies! Our teen volunteers are really taking their partners under their wings with genuine care and good vibes. There is so much interaction and engagement, and it’s a positive...
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Friendship Circle Holiday Fund Raiser

⭐️❄️Happy Holidays everyone! ⭐️❄️ Who’s ready for some shopping fun to help support the Friendship Circle? This amazing organization provides a wide variety of programming for kids and young adults with special needs. We have gift ideas for everyone–makeup,skincare, jewelry, bags, accessories, clothing, leggings, personalized items, kitchen and cooking items, and essential oils. So many great items at all different price points! Avoid the stores and shop online for you, your family, and friends. Take advantage of lots of special Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales and specials, too! A percentage of all sales will be donated to Liz Newman and Sam Goto’s Miami Marathon race in January to benefit the Friendship Circle. If you don’t want to purchase anything, you can donate directly to Liz  & Sam’s marathon fundraising page **This online fundraiser will be held from Thursday, November 22 to Wednesday, December 5. Here’s a list of shopping links to view: – Stella & Dot boutique-style, jewelry, accessories, and clothing by Merri, including...
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PAY IT FORWARD: FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE ADULT VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY EMERGES IN ASTONISHING NUMBERS!

“BEAUTIFUL, JUST BEAUTIFUL.” That’s what the Friendship Circle team said each time they read a new adult volunteer’s registration form describing why that individual chose to volunteer at Friendship Circle. What began months earlier as an idea to get a few volunteers together to help Friendship Circle with some business development projects, became the successful launch of the Friendship Circle’s Adult Volunteer program. Since the inception of FC in 2001, over 2,000  teens have volunteered to become friends with children with special needs and have graduated from FC as confident, caring community leaders. The launch of the Friendship Circle’s Adult Volunteer program happened on November 12, 2018 as part of the #GivingTuesday campaign. GivingTuesday is a global movement that promotes the ‘giving of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community.  It’s a simple idea. Whether you come together with your family, your community, your company or your organization, find a way to...
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Singing with Sam

The first time I ever saw Sam Goto was on a huge Walk4Friends billboard on Route 9. His million-dollar smile lit up the whole billboard, and I knew that I wanted to meet the boy behind this great smile! Luck was on our side when my oldest son, Josh, was chosen to be Sam’s Friends at Home buddy over 4 years ago. Every week, Josh would visit Sam at his house, where they would hang out, listen to music, and play video games. Sam would wait on the driveway for Josh, and after a long day at high school, this totally made Josh’s day. Together, they wrote the songs and produced the videos with other Friendship Circle kids for the Annual Walk4Friends. Since then, our family has become good friends with the entire Goto family. One of the highlights of our friendship is a summer trip to the Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe with Sam and his family. Everyone...
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Finding My Passion In Life – Hayley and Andy’s Story

My name is Hayley Tyson and I have volunteered at Friendship Circle for the past 4 years. When I first started volunteering at Friendship Circle, I did the Friends at Home Program. Every Sunday I would go to my buddy Andy’s house. Andy is such a creative, energetic, compassionate, and smart boy. He always showed me his Thomas the Train collection and would tell me the names of every train he had. We would go swimming, play different board games, and do arts and crafts. After my freshman year, I decided to volunteer for the Sunday circle program. I always looked forward to seeing Andy every Sunday afternoon after a hectic week of work and school. We would go to music class, engage in creative art projects, play catch in the gym, and Andy’s favorite activity was going on the swing on a nice sunny day. I never expected to have such a special connection and friendship with my buddies...
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The Friendship Circle of Central Jersey Celebrates Its First Annual Sponsor Appreciation Event

An evening of gratitude to the generous individuals who make a difference in the lives of people with special needs. Manalapan, NJ, August 24th, 2018 – On August 23, 2018, Friendship Circle of Central Jersey celebrated its First Annual Sponsor Appreciation Event with a spectacular sunset cruise and fireworks. Friendship Circle provides individuals with special needs unique social and educational experiences by enlisting committed young volunteers. The event, which took place on the Golden Eagle cruise ship of Belmar, was attended by over 90 engaged citizens celebrating both corporate sponsors and volunteers for their dedication in bettering the lives of children with special needs and their families.  “We are very proud to acknowledge and celebrate our sponsors,” said Chana’le Wolosow, director of Friendship Circle, “as we look back on our achievements over the past 17 years, we recognize that these achievements have been made possible through outstanding acts of kindness and commitment from our sponsors.”  The event was spearheaded by ColoGuard...
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