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Ashley T.

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Best Buddies International, Inc.
October 30, 2010

I a m currently the chapter president of the University of Miami chapter of Best Buddies and I must say, all of our members enjoy being part of this grand organization! It is important for all of us that our buddies are happy with their friendships and are being contacted and treated as a true friend. We are required to send in Friendship Updates and describe the different activities we did throughout the month with our buddies. At UM, these updates are read thoroughly and problems are addressed immediately. The staff at Headquarters is alos a very important part of this organization- they are the base and the go-to for everything that has to do with Best Buddies. All staff members are reliable- they will help you with anything you need! Without them, Best Buddies chapters would not function. And as for my own buddy pair, I have been matched with my buddy for over a year now and I must say that our relationship has grown wonderfully, not just into a friendship, but into a sisterly-bond. We care for each other and although it feels great to know that in some way, i am making an impact in the life of another, it is indescribable to mention the many ways my own life has been impacted and the amazing feelings I get when I am around my buddy. It is a truly life-altering experience, always for the better.

The Great!

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

my own Buddy match and in my chapter's matches, as a whole.

Ways to make it better...

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

not make any! The only thing I would like to see is more chapters opening up!

More feedback

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Nothing, I think everything done in the organization has a purpose and is actively maintained.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Making a new friend! Seeing others in a new light.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It makes me feel like I am making a change inthe world- we are slowly teaching others, through our own friendships, that people with disabilities should be treated just like anyone else and, with time and showing them affection, you can see their paersonalities and talents. Some may surprise you- and that's what this is all about- trying to get our buddies out these, to show themselves to others and to let everyone know that we are all the same.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I volunteer as a College Buddy at the University of Miami.