Best Buddies New Hampshire announces the launch of the Citizen’s Adult Friendship Program, which provides an opportunity for friendship, leadership, and inclusion between adults with and without disabilities. The launch of the new Citizen’s Adult Friendship Program provides an opportunity for adults with IDD to be matched with a Peer Buddy from the civic and corporate communities in a one-to-one friendship, providing an opportunity for friendship and community engagement. Matches are based on interests, hobbies, age, and geographic location. Group events and activities are hosted by the Best Buddies office. Since many adults with IDD struggle to establish friendships and to make connections within their local communities, the Citizen’s Adult Friendship Program meets those needs while enriching the lives of both Buddies and Peer Buddies. Participants also bond through statewide events such as the Champion of the Year Gala in November and the Friendship Walk in May, while promoting and celebrating inclusion. Leadership and self-advocacy skills can be developed through Ambassador Training events, where individuals with IDD are paired with a Coach, and during one day workshops, write and deliver an empowering speech that exemplifies the strengths of individuals with disabilities.
Best Buddies is a global volunteer movement established to create opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) through friendship, leadership, integrated jobs, and inclusive living. The Best Buddies New Hampshire office was founded in 2014 and since then has been opening Best Buddies Chapters in colleges, highs schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. There are currently 31 Best Buddies School Friendship Chapters thriving throughout the state, where students with IDD are matched with students without disabilities in meaningful, one-to-one friendships, cultivating an inclusive school community and providing exciting leadership opportunities for all students.
There are many ways that YOU can get involved with Best Buddies:
Best Buddies Citizen’s Adult Friendship Program is currently seeking adult Peer Buddy volunteers who are interested in being matched in a one-to-one friendship with another adult who has a disability. Matches are based on similar likes and interests and who live in the same geographical region. This is an extremely rewarding volunteer opportunity with flexible hours.
The Best Buddies mission is to open a School Friendship Chapter in every school in New Hampshire. If you can help us open a Chapter in your school community, please contact us and we will work with you to make it happen.
Ambassador Training Coaches: our next Ambassador Training is on October 19, 2019, in Manchester, from 10 am – 2 pm, lunch included, and we welcome adults who want to work with individuals with IDD on their self-advocacy, speech writing, and presentation skills. This workshop is facilitated by Best Buddies staff and the volunteer coaches support the adults with IDD as needed.
Fundraising/Event Planning/Walk Teams: we welcome volunteers from the community to join one of our committees for fundraising and events and to help us move our mission of inclusion forward.
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To get involved, please contact Best Buddies of NH, Jeannie Dallahi, Program Manager, Community Engagement, 603-305-7529, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for helping to make a difference in someone’s life and for driving our vital mission of inclusion forward.