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Friendship Circle of Central Jersey Holds it’s 11TH Annual Walk4Friends And Family Fun Day To Raise Funds and Awareness for Individuals with Special Needs – Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Walk4Friends is a free 1-mile walk and a family fun day featuring a BMX show, inflatable bounce houses, petting zoo, kids’ rides and activities, food, and giveaways all in support of creating an inclusive community.   Holmdel, NJ – April 29, 2019 – Friendship Circle of Central Jersey is celebrating 11 years of Walk4Friends; an annual fundraising event to raise awareness and inclusion for individuals with special needs and their families. The event will open with a welcome from Friendship Circle director Chana’le Wolosow before more than a thousand participants will hit the pavement for a leisurely one-mile walk. ‘The goal is not about speed or winning—it’s about creating an inclusive community.‘ says Wolosow. Following the 1-mile walk, families will enjoy a BMX Show, rides, moon bounces, petting zoo, art center, open-air market by local vendors and much more. This event is a great opportunity to involve children and the entire family in a special cause. 100% of the proceeds...
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Birthdays and Celebrations: January – March 2019

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 January Birthdays Megan R | Tristan M | Emma W | Senthil M| Josh G | Zachary F | Emma F | Halle B | Lexie S |Alexa M | Ari H | Hailey N | Heather S | Yael R | Samantha B | Tyler A | Jordan C | Carly S | Madison S |Jake H | Mackenzie S | Zachary V February Birthdays Jesse W | Brian B | Josh S | Miachael F | Ovivia S | Nicholas M | Devin M | Heather S | Evan| Amy H | Rebecca I | Emily B | Lyndsay K | Ester T | Emma W | Rebecca R | Nicole K | Evan G | Andrew Z March Birthdays Sammy P | Julianna C | Cesco C | Mia F | Lindsay O | Lars U | Eva N | Drew...
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Teen Volunteers Definition of Rewarding

For our teen volunteers it’s a good mix of bonding, learning and having a good time. We kicked off the new year with a Volunteer Educational Seminar.  The seminar was divided into two groups, one led by Rocky, who’s one of our FC teachers specializing in sign language, the other led by our new behaviorist, Kimberly. Rocky taught volunteers the basics of sign language, including ABCs, basic sentences, and words such as mom, dad, sister, brother, etc. Kimberly, taught about different behaviors and how to deal with them. She offered new techniques and gave a better understanding of the behaviors. We also had a some fun at the Hamentashen bake, here’s what Lexie Seidler, one of our Presidents, had to say about it. There is truly only one specific word to describe taking part in the Friendship Circle organization: rewarding. Spending time with children with special needs and ultimately making new friends is the most amazing part about being involved with FC,...
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Karen Koller Honored as the Woman of Valor at JWD

We are so proud of our very own Karen Koller for being honored as the Woman of Valor at the 2019 Jewish Woman’s Day. Karen is Jonathan Koller’s mother, and has been with Friendship Circle since 2012, they currently live in Monroe. See for yourself the extraordinary woman that Karen is, as she shares her speech from JWD about the missing puzzle. The Missing Puzzle by Karen Koller Why me? What is special about me? Why am I getting this honor? I grew up in Brooklyn, the youngest of three girls in a wonderful family with great friends. My mother was a teacher, my father an accountant, my older sister a school nurse & my middle sister a teacher. I was a special education teacher. Family was and still is important to us. We celebrated everything together- holidays, birthdays, milestones and vacations. Life is good. Why me? What is special about me? I met my husband on a blind date, set up...
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Loaves of Love – Purim 2019 Session

What a successful Purim Session from our Loaves of Love Team! “Loaves of Love” is a project of The Friendship Circle of Central Jersey where our participants are responsible for creating, designing and putting together various gift packages, taking orders and having them ready for pick up. The goal of “Loaves of Love” is to give our participants responsibility, gain important working and life skills and an end result that they can be proud of. This year we sold 250 Purim boxes to the community! The theme for this year was “Start your Day with Smiles and Friendship,” and included delicious breakfast items-cereal, oatmeal, kind bar, muffins, hamentashen and more! Our participants came to the Sessions, ready to work hard and learn new skills. Although some tasks were challenging, they all put in 100% effort, and all with smiles and a positive attitude! We are so proud! Special thank you to TSI – Transport Specialties International for sponsoring the shipping of...
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Zachary’s Story

Nine-year-old Zachary Brown has been an enthusiastic member of Friendship Circle for the last three years, joining shortly after his family moved to the East Brunswick area. The program has not only been beneficial to Zachary, but also to the whole Brown family. As newcomers to the area, Friendship Circle was a bridge to new friends, activities, and a community that welcomed them with open arms. Friendship Circle has helped Zachary thrive! He’s a natural comedian, bringing comic relief to the group along with his other passions: reading, learning, and music. Just like his favorite book series, I Survived, Zach is proving he can survive change. His family credits Friendship Circle in helping nurture his success—he loves the Sunday program and the availability of activities. Zach has learned to shine when faced with creative challenges, such as designing ‘newspaper couture’ in a recent fashion show project, as well as during more vigorous activities like soccer and gymnastics. In addition, Zachary...
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Miami half marathon Team Friendship keynote speech

Good evening. My name is Stacy Goto. I am the mother of Sam Goto, a Friendship Circle participant and volunteer. It is an  honor to speak to you tonight about friendship, specifically the unconditional friendship provided by this organization to people who really need it and benefit from it. We all understand that friendship is not a luxury. It’s not the frosting or cherry on top. It is an essential part of a healthy society. Everyone needs a friend and everyone needs to be a friend; friendship is everyone’s responsibility. Friendship makes all of us stronger and better! To begin, I want to thank all of you for your time and dedication to Team Friendship. Besides the time you’ve taken to fund raise, you’ve spent considerable time training for this event. I admire the dedication it takes to be able to run any distance longer than what I can run, which is only from my car into the store or...
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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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