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Best Day Foundation

Rating: 4.94 stars   53 reviews 2,036

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  

When learning your child is going to grow up with special needs you sometimes as a parent mourn all the dreams and plans you had for said child. It's foundations like Best Day that not only give the child a day of amazing memories but give something to the parents that we never thought we would get, the chance to see our children do things that we never thought possible. This past year was our son Walkers first best day, he is 4 years old and loves the water so when we found out about the event from a friend we knew we had to check it out. The name of the foundation couldn't be more perfect. We showed up not knowing what to expect and we left with a day full of smiles, laughs and memories. We as parents where so proud to see Walker out there paddle boarding and catching a wave with the help of the amazing volunteers. The picture and videos we got were shared with all our family it gave them such joy seeing how happy Walker was doing all these awesome things. He was so happy just to be in the water playing with his buddy Jack who was such a sweet kid, wherever Walker wanted to go jack was ready and willing. We can't thank everyone at the best day foundation enough for doing what they do. Walkers papa asked me what it was like and I told him to sum it up, "it was amazing people doing amazing things for amazing kids" we can't wait to take part in this years event and share in the joy of Walker and all the other kids. I've sent along a few pictures of Walker and all the fun he had. This is defiantly a program That is worth your time and money.
Sincerely Tristyn & Jeremy Richie

 
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They should change their name from best day to amazing day! Because that is what they gave our son Walker, they gave him a day to be himself and enjoy so many new things for the first time. He played in the water for hours with one of their amazing buddy's, he paddle boarded he even caught two waves with a fantastic surfer. He slept with the medle he received. This day will forever be one of our favorite days and now a yearly tradition! Thank you best day!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Day Foundation is a volunteer organization that helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun, adventure activities like surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, snow sports, and more. Please join us in creating special days for children with Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, blindness, cancer, spinal cord injuries, and other physical and developmental challenges.

Best Day Foundation is an amazing organization with a dedicated group of people behind it. Hearing stories from parents about the wonderful experiences their children get to enjoy is truly heart warming. I am proud to be a part of Best Day which brings so much joy into people's lives.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My son has had the honor of participating, and I of volunteering with this amazingly, awesome organization for the past four years.
Words cannot begin to express the emotional, psychological, and physical high, my son is on when he's out on the water trying to catch those roaring waves!
Mike, Chris, Todd, Kevin, Barb and Kerry, are unwavering in their dedication, passion, and love, when it comes to putting that beautifully, beaming smile on our truly special kiddos.
It takes a village................and we are beyond blessed, to be part of this one.
Best Day is the trunk, my son is the foliage, and I am the coconut, that falls from tree in deep admiration

 
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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!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This was our first event with Best Day Foundation at Brick III Beach and I am eager to attend more events. Right from the start at check in my son was assigned his buddies Gabby and Arianna, What more can I say about those 2 girls then fabulous, understanding, going with the flow, caring, patient, I can go on and on. It took my son a little time to warm up but in no time they had him playing and I was able to separate, not an easy task for us. When I saw the participants and volunteers coming on to the beach with the entire organization cheering them on, it brought tears to my eyes. To see my son and everyone's children welcomed and feel so special, no words to describe that as a mom. Most of the time our families are in doctor appointments, therapies/treatments, school meetings, with what seems like an endless battle. A day at the beach, impossible for me. For a few hours we could forget those diagnosis and challenges our families deal with and have fun!

The event overall ran smoothly with so many people in attendance, all the children had the ability to participate in all the events offered. Seeing the volunteers encourage children who were hesitating and then they would succeed on getting them in the water or on a surf board and for some just putting a helmet on. I watched the volunteers with a young boy, the volunteers all put on helmets to help him, wear his. They did all they could! Hearing chuckles and seeing smiles between those ocean waves, sight and sound I will never forget, especially my own sons. I could continue to rave and go on and on about your organization but think it is best to say, thank you for the Best Day Ever not just for my son but for myself also.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My two young sons had the best day at Ventura Beach with Best Day Foundation. They got to do the things that they've never done before like surfing, kayaking, and more with wonderful caring volunteers at their sides. The foundation provided great safety gears and supervision. My husband and I were busy capturing the moment by snapping photos. The foundation also provided the kids with delicious lunches and great goody bags for suveniors. They each got recognized with a metal award at the end of a fun day. We had an awesome day of our lives. We deeply appreciate all you do for these disabled children in our community. Best of luck on your mission.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We had an amazing time in Ventura with Best Day! My son loved the surfing, we met great people, everything felt safe and well organized. Can't wait to visit again.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My son had the most amazing time! The organizers were so pumped and excited my son totally fed off their energy. We were so lucky to be able to truly have " The best Day ever!" With Best Day Foundation.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The days I've spent volunteering at Best Day have been the best days of my life. You can definitely find me there all six days next summer.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't say enough about the best Day foundation. We took both our children with autism surfing today in Brick NJ and the experience was awesome from beginning to end. The volunteers and workers were so professional and caring and it was so organized. We don't often go to the beach because it's difficult but they make it so fun for the kids and the parents can actually watch and enjoy their kids surfing. They gave my children an experience they soon won't forget. I love the awards ceremony and lunch at the end. It was the BEST DAY EVER as my son said.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Joshua was lucky enough to expience a Best Day that he will never forget! The staff and volunteers were absolutely amazing and we are beyond greatful for the amazing opportunity.
When I asked Joshua what his favorite part of the day was he said "all of it, it is my special day!". He gave every activity a try and at the end of the day he was so proud of himself.
The staff and volunteers did a outstanding job at making every child feel special and awesome. The people who worked the event were truly the number one reason Joshua had such an amazing day. The encouragement they gave Joshua gave him the confidence he needed to try new activities that he on any other day would most likely not do.
The smiles on the all the children's faces when they received a medal at the end of the day was as a mother my favorite part of the day. Watching my son smile and having a awesom day was a amazing experience for me as well.
Thank you so much Best Day!!
The Diaz Family

 
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