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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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Walk4Friends

Annually, the Friendship Circle team puts an amazing event together where members of the FC community and their families join in order to raise money and celebrate the amazing aspects of The Friendship Circle. At the Vonage Campus where the event takes place, the FC team decorates the area with teal and purple balloons (the friendship circle colors, of course), and sets up numerous pop-up stands with games and entertaining activities for volunteers and buddies to engage in. The brief walk around the campus is a time to bond with friends, and for volunteers to become even closer and more connected to their buddies. But what lacks appreciation during this process is ultimately the FC walk committee’s dedication to the organization of the yearly awaited walk. Weeks prior to the event, the committee gathers to fundraise, discuss ways to advocate for the walk, and ties together small details that would essentially perfect the function. The continuous success of the walk...
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The Voice of a FC Volunteer, By Alexandra Seidler

Every Sunday at 3 o’clock I pause my homework and leisure, get in the car, and make my way to Robertsville elementary school where I dedicate my time to children from all ages with mental and physical disabilities. I arrive by myself and sign into the Sunday Friendship Circle program, surrounded by kids with contagious smiles, jovial attitudes, and hearts filled with the unconditional passion to learn and grow with their dedicated volunteer buddies. Over the past two years I’ve made a family at friendship circle, and the comfort I feel at each and every program is indescribable and heartwarming to say the least. Few kids my age are privileged enough to work with the FC team and experience the benefits of giving back. Not only do the children that need assistance feel like they have made a substantial friend, but the volunteers that do the assisting are exposed to a rewarding feeling of love and gratitude.   The Friendship...
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