Be a Friend to Someone with Developmental Disabilities


(41.401245,-81.781075)
 

Cause Areas

When

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

Where

12660 Plaza DriveCleveland, OH 44130

About

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. Volunteers are matched to a person with IDD and outings are based on their 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.

There are so many things to do that don't cost a lot of money. We like to kept the cost to about $10 or $15 per outing and each person pays their own way. 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.

Skills

  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

People 55+

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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