Suffolk Best Buddies Matching Event Kicks Off a New Year of Friendships
University Students Extend a Hand to Those in Need
Published: Monday, October 22, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 22, 2012 15:10
The Suffolk University chapter of Best Buddies helps those with intellectual and developmental disabilities by creating friendship opportunities with Suffolk students. The annual matching event held on October 14 successfully matched 10 new one-to-one friendships between Suffolk students and buddies seeking camaraderie.
Students and their new buddies enjoyed an afternoon full of fall themed activities that included pumpkin painting and decorating candy bags for their Halloween event later in the month.
“Today was also one of our most important events because we matched our one-to-one pairs,” reflected Suffolk University Best Buddies President Haley Ford. “This will be a one-to-one friendship that lasts all year and longer if they want. It’s a great place for creating lasting bonds between Suffolk University students and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
The Suffolk University chapter of Best Buddies continues to match buddies with compassionate college students. These friendships provide buddies with the comforts of a simple, non-judgmental friend while helping to build self-esteem and confidence. Many Best Buddies events are hosted by the Suffolk University chapter throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more about Best Buddies at Suffolk University, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Best Buddies:
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). Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world. Best Buddies’ 8 formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies, Jobs, Ambassadors and Promoters – positively impact nearly 700,000 individuals with and without disabilities worldwide. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute, at no cost to their communities, support services that equate to more than $155.2 million USD. As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with IDD secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.