Best Day Foundation
Rating: 4.95 stars 41 41 reviews 1,813
Children & Youth, Disabilities, Human Services
567 Auto Center Drive Suite 6 Watsonville CA 95076 USA
Best Day helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun filled adventure activities which stretch their limits, expand their true potential, reinforce their achievement, and connect them with diverse populations in their community. Current activities include Surfing, Body Boarding, Kayaking, SUP (stand up paddling), Outrigger Canoeing, and Snow sports.
Since 2008 Best Day has served over 1,900 children with special needs in 65 beach and snow events in California, New Jersey, and New York.
children with special needs aged 4-24.
Best Day offers beach events in California and New Jersey, and snow events in New York.
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Little did I know I was in for the best day of my life volunteering with the Best Day Foundation. I was instantly in awe of the positive energy of the child I was partnered up with. A kid like no other, he was only looking forward to what the day had in store. Not only did Nathan expand what he thought was possible in himself, but so did I.
I was at the beach earlier this summer. Two teenaged boys were standing in the shallow surf, talking about their favorite sports. The taller of the boys said his favorite sport was surfing, and the other agreed. Then the taller boy headed out on a board to ride the waves. Totally typical interaction, except for one thing. The surfer was an adolescent with cognitive disabilities, and his buddy was just your average teen with an extraordinarily big heart. Best Day made it possible for both boys to experience something they wouldn't have otherwise, because chances are, they would not have run across one another in school or in their social circles. Beyond the fun of surfing, paddleboarding, body boarding, or skiing and sledding, those types of interactions are what Best Day is all about.
At a Best day event, youth with disabilities get to enjoy the types of beach and snow experiences that typically developing individuals sometimes take for granted. Volunteers who love outdoor activities get to share that love with people who otherwise face barriers to participating. It is safe, warm, and inviting. Nobody talks about doctors or procedures or school struggles...it's just the best day ever. The very, very Best Day.
As a teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities and as a mother of a volunteer, I have seen the results of the amazing experience from all! Keep up the great work! You are providing joy, adventure, inclusion, friendship, and respect to all participants!!!!
The Best Day Foundation truly does provide the best day for both participants and volunteers. I felt like this was the first time where my volunteering was making a difference in someone's life. I couldn't say enough positive things about this organization and the amazing work they do for the families and children who participate.
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As a student, community service and volunteerism is normally considered to be boring. However, Best Day is the highlight of my summer and winter. I look forward to going on the weekends it's in my area, meeting new friends, and creating special days for special kids. The staff is welcoming, patient, kind and understanding. Best Day has provided me with the ultimate experience in working with kids with a wide range of disabilities. I am beyond grateful for it. Thanks to these events, I am now able to communicate more efficiently with American Sign Language users with having worked with the kids so often. I'm looking forward to yet another great year!
I have had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with Best Day Foundation in September in Newport Beach and today at Doheny Beach in Dana Point. I can't tell you how blessed I feel to be a small part of this organization. It truly is "The Best Day" for these beautiful children. To see their smiles and waving hands out on a kayak or standing on a paddleboard was spectacular! My two kids volunteered with me and we all enjoyed our day and can't wait to help out next year. The organizers of this event are so friendly and giving and seem to be running a great organization. They are so patient with the children and keep them safe. Thank you for all you do! Keep up the great work:)
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Me and my boys enjoyed the day with Best Day in Ventura, CA this last Saturday. My Adrian is 12 and has autism. He was able to surf, outrig, stand up paddle board, boggie board and kayack. He had an amazing time. Last year he was able to enjoy the events in Newport, CA. Such a great time.
My 13 year old son was a volunteer buddy to a 15 year old blind boy. He had such a great time and wants to do it again! He enjoyed helping out!
Me the mom, have volunteered at this event in Ventura, CA, Newport Beach, CA and Seal Beach, CA. Enjoyed playing with the kids and helping out Best Day! Such an awesome organization with alot of loving hearts for these special children. Giving them wonderful experiences and giving their parents a break. So caught my heart! It's nice for these kids to experience these things in such a safe setting! So wonderful for the parents to be able to sit back and relax or take pictures. And enjoy seeing their kiddos having fun! Looking forward to the next event in Dana Point! Thank you Best Day for all you do! Betty
This October we participated in our 2nd Best Day Surf event and it was one of the best times my son has had. We have known about it for over a year now and the work that they do is truly magical. They have given my son a love for the water that will last a lifetime.
Each and every volunteer needs to be recognized for all their efforts and I would encourage the public to participate if you ever get the chance. The joy it brings to all the kids that are a part of it is definitely worth your time.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BEST DAY FOUNDATION!!!
Truly a superb organization, led by selfless, devoted,loving volunteers!
Because of the Mike,Chris, Todd, my son becoomes a totally different person........a free, loving, spirit, waiting to catch a wave, n ride it in, on the board, like it's second nature!
The enthusiasm builds up slowly as soon as I sign him,and is full blown on his" surf day", as he calls it.
I wish I'd win the lotto, so I could joyfully give to such a deserving non-profit organization, that is Best Day!!!
Best Day is an incredible organization who really knows how to empower kids with special needs. Not only that, they also serve as a great role model for other kids as they allow them to volunteer as well. It's such a heartwarming sight to see kids helping kids. It's impossible to go to a Best Day event and not have a BEST DAY!! Whether you're the child, the parents, siblings, friends or volunteers... everyone experiences the pure joy of interacting with these amazing children. Best Day also thinks outside the box to ensure the kids will have unique and powerful experiences. 5 years ago they contacted me asking if my dog, Ricochet could be part of the events to give children a one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact and surf with a SURFice dog. Just recently they made Ricochet an Ambassador, and we couldn't be more honored. Please join me in supporting this great non profit!