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Best Buddies Massachusetts and Rhode Island

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Do you want to make a difference in someone's life just by being a friend? The Best Buddies Citizens program of MA & RI provides adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to develop meaningful, integrated friendships. We are currently in need of volunteers looking to participate in these 1:1 friendships in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts & throughout Rhode Island.

Best Buddies Citizens pairs adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in one to one friendships with adult volunteers in the community. Buddy pairs are asked to commit to a one year friendship (that often continues longer) and are matched based on age, location, and similar interest. During that time, the the match agrees to talk via text, email, or phone call once a week and see each other once or twice a month. Additionally, Best Buddies MA&RI offers group social opportunities throughout the year, allowing all participants to meet in a larger group to continue expanding their social networks.

Please note, Best Buddies recommends sticking to all current CDC guidelines. Matches may communicate and spend time together virtually as needed.

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About Best Buddies Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Location:

529 Main Street, Suite 202, Boston, MA 02129, US

Mission Statement

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Description

Best Buddies Massachusetts (BBMA) has been in operation since 1996 working to enrich the lives of youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) through our Friendship program, Jobs program, and Leadership Development program. In 2010, we served over 4,400 participants. To date, we have nearly doubled that number, serving 7,500 direct program participants throughout the state.

Best Buddies Rhode Island (BBRI) has been in operation since 2010 and is now impacting the lives of over 1,300 individuals with and without IDD through our Friendship program, and Leadership Development program.

In 2018, BBMA and BBRI merged in an effort to combine resources to ensure continued growth and increase opportunities for expansion in both states. Due in large part to our local Advisory Board members, dedicated volunteers, generous donors, foundation support, and a team of extremely devoted staff, we have expanded our efforts in order to serve individuals with and without IDD in every county of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Community
People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

529 Main Street; Suite 202Boston, MA 02129

(42.38507,-71.07166)
 

SKILLS

  • Community Outreach
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum of 1 year commitment to their friendship match.
  • Volunteers are asked to spend with their buddy in person (as current CDC guidelines permit) and must be able to provide their own transportation to do so.

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