We all want to belong, yet people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have less opportunities for social interaction and can feel more isolated. Help bridge the gap and help people with I/DD find a place in their community.
Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities is looking for several male community friend volunteers to pair with individuals on Cleveland's East Side, including Euclid/South Euclid, Collinwood, Downtown and other east side locations/areas.
About the Community Friend program:
Volunteers are matched with a person with I/DD and attend outings based on common interests- - examples could be going out to lunch or dinner, going to a sporting event, taking a class or going to a museum or festival. Groups keep the cost to $10-$15 per outing. Providing a ride for the person you are matched with is one more way you can be of service.
Outings typically occur on evenings or weekends. The Community Friend program commitment is flexible and reasonable - we require only one outing per month, for three to four hours per outing. Volunteers and individuals are welcome and encouraged to meet more often per month if possible, but once per month is the requirement.
Many of our volunteers have enjoyed the friendships they’ve made and have continued volunteering long beyond that first year.