On Sunday, May 15th I’ll be walking to raise awareness and funds for the organization and community that I not only work for, but holds a very special place in my heart.
I started as a volunteer with the Friendship Circle Upper East Side when I was 14 years old and continued throughout high school and college. The organization helps provide individuals with special needs the social opportunities in a safe and comfortable space that would not otherwise be provided and supported.
This organization has had such an impact on me that over ten years later, it brought me to become Friendship Circle's Program Director and ultimately led me to pursue a degree in Social Work. It has truly been one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences in my life.
As the program director I help organize the social and recreational opportunities to help cultivate friendships between volunteers and kids, teens and young adults with special needs that are otherwise unavailable to them. Hundreds of friendships have been formed and so many lives have been changed for the better because of this beautiful organization.
The sort of social isolation that we’ve all felt at one time or another during the pandemic, can really open our eyes to what the special needs community experiences on a daily basis and why the work that Friendship Circle does is so crucial. Now more than ever, I’m inspired to continue supporting this special community. Anything you can give to support will be so appreciated and go such a long way.