Best Buddies Citizens is a community-based adult friendship program, that pairs people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in one-to-one friendships. This free, social program provides opportunities for volunteers to connect and form friendships with individuals outside of their typical social circles. Everyone wishing to be matched must fill out an online application, background check, and meet with staff for an interview. Matches are made based on age, interests, and proximity. Volunteers are paired for a full calendar year and expected to communicate with their match once a week and meet up once a month. The Best Buddies office hosts optional social events for the entire group, all around the state of Maryland. Staff check in regularly to see how friendships are going, offering guidance and training when needed. Too apply follow the link below and select "Maryland: Baltimore, Maryland."
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 and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.