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Best Day Foundation

Rating: 4.95 stars   66 reviews 2,111

Address:

567 Auto Center Drive Suite 6 Watsonville CA 95076 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

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.

Target demographics:

children with special needs aged 4-24.

Programs:

Best Day offers beach events in California and New Jersey, and snow events in New York.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing organization! My 9 yr old son attended one of their beach days in Santa Barbara; our family was so impressed with the organization of the day! He was able to try kayaking, boogie-boarding and surfing with the help of amazing volunteers! Our son is autistic, very shy and often does not know how to properly express himself; the volunteers in the water and his buddy who was coordinating his next event were so friendly, encouraging, and helpful; our boy had such a blast and was so proud that he even had a wipe-out like a real surfer. Although our son is considered high-functioning, he is unable to keep-up with typical sports classes, so we are SO thankful to BestDayFoundation for giving him the opportunity to try these sports in such a welcoming environment that made him feel happy and accepted. Best Day also provided snacks and lunch, and our son could not have been prouder to receive his medal at the end of the day to the cheers of all the volunteers! We hope this non-profit continues to provide these fun days for our kids!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My daughter was born with a rare craniofacial syndrome and had never even boogie boarded before this incredible day with Best Day Foundation. It was amazing for me to see her having an experience she would probably never otherwise attempt. They were so good and safe too, it assuaged my fears. We hope to attend future best day events. Thank you!!!!

 
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We had a wonderful time with Best Day! My son, who is on the autism spectrum, went surfing and even went kayaking. It was incredible. All of the volunteers and directors were caring, organized and so much fun! Thank you Best Day Foundation (Ventura Beach August 2016).

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Such an amazing group of people and our family is so blessed to have been able to participate. The volunteers and staff are a gift to families that may not have been able to facilitate these activities and sports otherwise. I love what they do, what they stand for, and their goals.

 
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I volunteered with Best day Foundation NJ in July 2016. it was an inspiration to see the joy of the participants and the gratitude of the families. What a moving experience!

 
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I have been volunteering with Best Day in NJ for 5 years now. Every day that I am on the beach surfing with the kids is one that generates wonderful human interactions, lasting memories, and happy tears. There is no day like a Best Day!

 
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Words cannot describe the impact it makes on you. What an amazing day!

 
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I volunteered at Best Day and it really was the BEST DAY!!! I was beach buddies with two teenaged boys and together we had fun playing in the sand and the boys completely enjoyed boogie boarding. They rode the waves several times. Nothing beats the smiles of pure joy on their faces as they caught wave after wave. I'm still smiling days later. I can't wait to volunteer next summer and I will definitely try to volunteer at their winter events this year. Everyone should volunteer for this organization. You won't be sorry!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

What a fun day surfing with my Autistic children. Thanks to all the friendly and helpful volunteers, my children had the Best Day. Best Day takes safety very seriously, requiring each participant to wear a life vest and helmet. As a parent, I felt comfortable that my children were safe out in the water.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

It is our first experience with the Best Day Foundation. Just like its name, it is the best day; from the moment we arrived until we left; It is a memorable day; the founder, staff, and volunteer accommodated us and were very helpful. One of the gentleman who volunteer found a good match volunteer to accommodate my younger son. My boys really enjoyed the day and so did I. I wish BDF continues to succeed with fun raising to support its program. It is such a great program because the water and its motion help most of special needs kids with their sensory disorder.

Thanks so much Best Day for providing us such opportunity.

 
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