Making a difference in the lives of youth with special needs!
Through the Friendship Foundation volunteer program, remarkable bonds are forged between children with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their new friends.
In addition to making an impact on a child, volunteers will see changes in themselves, becoming more fulfilled, self-confident, and empowered. Our volunteer program began in 2005 with 22 members. Today, more than 1,500 dedicated individuals participate in this wonderful program.
YOU can make a difference!
1. Using the link below, register and complete a profile on DaySmart, our platform for program signups.
2. Allow 24 hours for the Friendship Foundation Staff to review your profile (we are closed on Saturdays and Sundays).
3. Receive a “Welcome Email" from us letting you know that you can now sign up for programs. We can't wait to have you volunteer with us!
We love seeing our young volunteers excel which is why we created programs specially designed for volunteers that encourage growth and leadership. We provide useful tools, skills, and information about working with the special needs population so our volunteers feel confident and prepared when they show up to their first program. Our volunteers are an integral part of our model and it is with their dedication that we are able to accomplish so much.
Volunteers at our Evening of Recognition 2022
Each May, we host an awards ceremony called Evening of Recognition where volunteers are celebrated for their time spent with the Friendship Foundation. Besides the awards listed below, we also give special recognition to outstanding Friendship School Clubs and recognize the leaders of the clubs. Volunteers are a gift to our program and we are grateful for their generosity.
The SKECHERS Foundation provides college scholarships to high school seniors who have also committed a considerable amount of volunteer time to the Friendship Foundation. A recommendation letter from the Director of the Friendship Foundation is required. Click below for more information.