Be a Friend to Someone with Developmental Disabilities


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


12660 Plaza DriveCleveland, OH 44130


We all want to belong yet people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) still have less opportunities for social interaction and can feel more isolated. A recent study shows that while people without disabilities can have hundreds of friends and acquaintances outside of immediate family, people with disabilities are often lucky to have a handful.

We would like to bridge the gap and help people with IDD find a place in their community. We would like to form a group of two to four volunteers and two to four people with IDD to get together monthly. Volunteers would be matched to a person with IDD and outings would be based on everyone’s interests- - examples could be going out to lunch or dinner, going to a sporting event, taking an art class or going to a museum or festival.

Previous groups at other Centers have kept the cost to about $10 or $15 per outing. The time commitment would be three to four hours once a month. We are asking for a one year commitment, but many of our volunteers have enjoyed the friendships they have made and have continued volunteering long beyond that first year. Providing a ride for the person you are matched with is one more way you can be of services.


  • Outdoor Recreation
  • People Skills
  • Baseball
  • Basketball

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-4 hours per month with a one year commitment

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