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Best Buddies International is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.
Best Buddies was founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, and began as a college chapter. From our headquarters in Miami, Best Buddies has expanded to all 50 states, over 12 countries, and touched the lives of over 300,000 people. Best Buddies works with all sectors of the community to involve individuals with disabilities in a volunteer-based friendship. We strive to put an end to the loneliness having a disability can bring. Through friendship, we hope to assist in socializing, building self-esteem, and promoting independence and employment. We have Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, e-Buddies, and Citizens programs throughout the country, where people with and without intellectual disabilities are matched in a one-to-one friendship. Our Jobs program helps find meaningful employment for adults with intellectual disabilities. In Pennsylvania, we have chapters on high school and college campuses across the state.
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