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Best Buddies Massachusetts and Rhode Island

The Best Buddies MA/RI Citizens Program looks to match volunteer friends 1:1 with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. BBMARI is seeking a male or female friend (ages 27-40) for Walter, a 33 year old man with disabilities living in Warwick, RI. Walter describes himself as respectful and easy going. Walter has many interests and loves reggae music, history, WWE, soccer, basketball, and watching army movies. Walter is looking for a friend close in age who understands he has a disability. He has been diagnosed with an intellectual disability and social anxiety. He hopes to find a friend who can be patient, but also wants to have conversations, go to the movies, and just hang out and have fun. Walter has his own transportation and is willing to travel 10-15 miles for in person meet-ups. Interested volunteers can contact Citizens Program Manager, Matt Lundeen mattlundeen@bestbuddies.org

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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

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WHERE

Multiple locations Warwick, RI 02886

(41.70348,-71.46555)
 

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GOOD FOR

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 27
  • Best Buddies asks friendship pairs to meet in person (if possible) 1-2 times a month, and to keep contact through either email, text or phone calls once a week.

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