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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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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 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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