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Friends of Karen provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a
life-threatening illness and their families, in order to help keep them strong, functioning and able
Friends of Karen is a registered 501(c)(3) charity and the only organization in the New
York metropolitan area to provide a comprehensive range of services -- at no cost -- to families
caring for a child with a life-threatening illness.
The purpose of the Friends of Karen Beth's Buddies Support Program is to provide help
with homework and reading, including school work, projects or class assignments for children in
Kindergarten through High School. Volunteers should enjoy working with children and be
willing to commit to one hour per week for a three month period.
Volunteers will meet with the Friends of Karen Volunteer Coordinator and a social
worker for orientation. The volunteer must also sign an authorization form for a background
check. The volunteer will then participate in an initial meeting with the family's Friends of
Karen social worker and the child's parents/guardian to explain Beth's Buddies and the
parameters of the program.