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Friends Connect Foundation a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Children & Youth, Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Health, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Friends Connect Foundation’s mission is to provide opportunities for individuals with special needs to develop bonds with local peers. Our programs assist participants in strengthening their social skills, increasing their self-esteem, and promoting their sense of belonging within the community. While it may be challenging for individuals with special needs to develop connections with others, our organization strives to foster supportive environments where participants can easily form relationships with members of the community.

Target demographics: Teens With Special Needs

Geographic areas served: New Jersey

Programs: Fitness, Community Service, Music, Social Skills, and Self-Expression Social Programs

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 13 year old twins and I have attended two events by Friends Connect. Both events were well planned and lots of fun. My kids went out of their comfort zone to engage with teens with special needs, and all gained a lot in the process. All the kids had a great time--playing games, dancing and just talking and getting to know each other. I'm so impressed with this organization and proud that my children are a part of it

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I took my 3 kids 2 of who have autism and one is developmental ly delayed to a Friends Connect event. This was a dance party with DJ and also numerous arts and crafts. What really impressed me was how organized the event was. The volunteers were absolutely wonderful. My son Marc who doesn’t last more the 20 minutes anywhere was entertained for an entire hour and a half!! The young lady who runs this is a really special person for putting the love and time to do wonderful things for special needs children. My kids do not have a lot of opportunities to attend events catered to them.

Looking forward to the next event.