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Best Buddies new York

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, survey, background check as well as meet with staff for a virtual 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 Rochester area. Staff check in regularly to see how friendships are going, offering guidance and training when needed.

To apply follow the link below and select "New York: Rochester, New York."

Membership Application:

COVID-19 Update:
During this time of social distancing Best Buddies continues to connect people in virtual friendships and hold regular activities that can be attended over the computer.

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1000 Elmwood Ave, Suite 3500, Rochester, NY 14620, US

Mission Statement

Best Buddies 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 IDD. For individuals within this community, Best Buddies helps them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communications skills, and feel valued by society.

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1000 Elmwood AveSuite 3500Rochester, NY 14620





  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Volunteers are paired for a full calendar year and expected to communicate with their match once a week and meet up once a month.

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