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FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE SD INC
November 30, 2012

As a volunteer I get more than I give at the Friendship Circle. At an organized horseback riding event, a beautiful blonde young woman slipped off her horse, she was unharmed as there were trained professionals right next to her to break her fall. Frightened, crying, and sitting in the dust, she was carried back to her wheelchair. It had taken her so long to overcome come her first set of fears about the horse. Her Friendship Circle companion, a friend who has visited her once a week for two years, stood by her side. Ten minutes later the young blonde woman was back on the horse. She inspired me to try something new. I joined a writers group and whenever I feel like quitting, I remember her crying, her recovery and the large open smile of accomplishment when she rode around the rink, her friend at her side. Having been around Friendship Circle for 4 years, I now know that this experience is an everyday act of courage. It is a honor to be a part of such a compassionate and down to earth community.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE SD INC
June 28, 2012

I have been involved with Friendship Circle for six years. My daughter, who was fifteen at the time, became involved as a friend to a girl with special needs. She spoke about her experience with her new friend and expressed her initial frustration with this new relationship. Over time my daughter found ways to connect with her new friend, and in that process learned to be more patient, understanding, and accepting. I was so impressed with the level of organization of FC that I wanted to be a part of it. Experiencing their holiday celebrations, teen training, the support groups and education for parents, and the coordination of the children's participation in a myriad of activities, made me come to highly value this organization. I am now proud to be a board member of San Diego Friendship Circle.

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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?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Board Member

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE SD INC
October 25, 2009

My son is a volunteer at Friendship Circle in San Diego. Surfing is his muse right now and he basically needs nothing from me at this point except food and rides to get food. But everytime we go to an Friendship Circle event, the experience gives us perspective, enjoyment, and a sense of making the world a better place. The acceptance of each other, as we are, spreads to our personal relationship and my son and I have great conversations on the way home. I should also mention that the events are well organized and creative.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The happiness in the kid's faces.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

better advertising

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The time spent with my teen.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a difference in the lives of a broader section of kids who have trouble socializing for whatever reason. Can you imagine life without being able to make friends? Give a hungry man a fish, better yet, teach him how to fish.

Ways to make it better...

How to acknowledge the differences in all of us and alert the teens about certain known behaviors of specific children and the best way to respond, ie; ignore, call the mom, talk into his eyes, touch, no touch, ect.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Educating the teens. The stigma associated with identifying one's child with a disability, and thereby eliminating a whole group of kids who would benefit from this program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I run booths.