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Causes: Autism, Children & Youth, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Health, Human Services, Youth Community Service Clubs, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So much fun! Last year i moved to Santa Barbara and didn't know anyone. Through this organization I met new friends, made great memories and loved volunteering with such fun kids! Can't wait for this year:)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Day for the child who participates...Best Day for those who volunteer...Best way to spend a weekend! Great people doing even greater good.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Tom_96

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

2 Karen422

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Ana-Lilia P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just got home from the August 2 event on Brick III beach. All I can say was " that was the best day ever" I was a volunteer and just the amount of love and smiles and happy giggles from the kids made my heart swell! What an amazing group of organizers, volunteers and most of all family's and the amazing kids that participate. Truly one of the best days I have had.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little did I know I was in for the best day of my life volunteering with the Best Day Foundation. I was instantly in awe of the positive energy of the child I was partnered up with. A kid like no other, he was only looking forward to what the day had in store. Not only did Nathan expand what he thought was possible in himself, but so did I.

cweg123

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Best Day Foundation truly does provide the best day for both participants and volunteers. I felt like this was the first time where my volunteering was making a difference in someone's life. I couldn't say enough positive things about this organization and the amazing work they do for the families and children who participate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a student, community service and volunteerism is normally considered to be boring. However, Best Day is the highlight of my summer and winter. I look forward to going on the weekends it's in my area, meeting new friends, and creating special days for special kids. The staff is welcoming, patient, kind and understanding. Best Day has provided me with the ultimate experience in working with kids with a wide range of disabilities. I am beyond grateful for it. Thanks to these events, I am now able to communicate more efficiently with American Sign Language users with having worked with the kids so often. I'm looking forward to yet another great year!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with Best Day Foundation in September in Newport Beach and today at Doheny Beach in Dana Point. I can't tell you how blessed I feel to be a small part of this organization. It truly is "The Best Day" for these beautiful children. To see their smiles and waving hands out on a kayak or standing on a paddleboard was spectacular! My two kids volunteered with me and we all enjoyed our day and can't wait to help out next year. The organizers of this event are so friendly and giving and seem to be running a great organization. They are so patient with the children and keep them safe. Thank you for all you do! Keep up the great work:)

1 Betty37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Me and my boys enjoyed the day with Best Day in Ventura, CA this last Saturday. My Adrian is 12 and has autism. He was able to surf, outrig, stand up paddle board, boggie board and kayack. He had an amazing time. Last year he was able to enjoy the events in Newport, CA. Such a great time.

My 13 year old son was a volunteer buddy to a 15 year old blind boy. He had such a great time and wants to do it again! He enjoyed helping out!

Me the mom, have volunteered at this event in Ventura, CA, Newport Beach, CA and Seal Beach, CA. Enjoyed playing with the kids and helping out Best Day! Such an awesome organization with alot of loving hearts for these special children. Giving them wonderful experiences and giving their parents a break. So caught my heart! It's nice for these kids to experience these things in such a safe setting! So wonderful for the parents to be able to sit back and relax or take pictures. And enjoy seeing their kiddos having fun! Looking forward to the next event in Dana Point! Thank you Best Day for all you do! Betty

Judy122

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Day is an incredible organization who really knows how to empower kids with special needs. Not only that, they also serve as a great role model for other kids as they allow them to volunteer as well. It's such a heartwarming sight to see kids helping kids. It's impossible to go to a Best Day event and not have a BEST DAY!! Whether you're the child, the parents, siblings, friends or volunteers... everyone experiences the pure joy of interacting with these amazing children. Best Day also thinks outside the box to ensure the kids will have unique and powerful experiences. 5 years ago they contacted me asking if my dog, Ricochet could be part of the events to give children a one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact and surf with a SURFice dog. Just recently they made Ricochet an Ambassador, and we couldn't be more honored. Please join me in supporting this great non profit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Best Day Foundation is unreal.
There is nothing more rewarding than the ear to ear smiles on the faces of these kids.
It's truly something special.
I can't tell you how many times I've had a Best Day t-shirt on and somebody has come up to thank me.
It's a gift that keeps on giving.
Sign up for an event, I guarantee it's the best thing you'll ever do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband & I both volunteer with the Ventura Chapter of Best Day. I don't know who leaves with a bigger smile on their faces; the kids or the volunteers! To be able to have children with special needs participate in activities that are usually not available for them, is nothing short of spectacular.
Sometimes at the start of the day's activities, the kids are somewhat leery, not digging the wetsuits or helmets. They will state "I am not surfing today". At the end of the day, they are beaming with pride & their accomplishment of having surfed!! I love that Best Day allows the parents to sit on the beach, relax & have a moment for themselves, while their children are being cared for by an outstanding group of volunteers. Either to be a volunteer or participant, you will come away with the BEST DAY ever!

James145

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Top notch organization! I have had the distinct privilege to be able to volunteer with Best Day multiple times in the past years and I can not say enough good things. The staff is very dedicated to each event and they put in 110% to ensure the kids and parents walk away with an experience of a lifetime! If you have a chance, come out, volunteer, and see for yourself...Like this weekend in Ventura!!

Love you Best Day and thank you for giving me the opportunity to lend a helping hand :)

Janice39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family first became involved in Best Day when my daughter, who has a rare neurological disorder, was a participant. Seeing her out in the ocean surfing with the pro volunteers was truly amazing. She said she felt like a superhero riding the waves. It was such a positive experience, I and my other daughter volunteered as a way of giving back. Volunteering was equally inspiring. There is something magical that happens when kids with physical and mental challenges are given the opportunity to just be kids. It truly is the BEST day!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Best Day foundation though an acquaintance. He knew I was involved with other non profits and said hey, " you should really come to a Best Day event and check it out. They are awesome!" So I did and it was! Now I'm a lifer! This is my fourth season with the Best Day Orange County Chapter and I recently volunteered for an event with the Ventura chapter.There are truly not enough expletives in the human language to describe how wonderful this organization in or how how much its participants, their families and our overcome staff and volunteers have come to mean to me. Best Day events are the ultimate equalizer. In an instant children are capable, parents are supported and volunteers naturally fall into their supporting roles. All of this happens simultaneously. Regardless of the disability of the child or the inexperience of the volunteer. It is an awesome dynamic no matter how many times I see it I am always amazed at how every event is so organic, free flowing, and natural. Best Day campaigns promise all participants and their volunteers the Best Day ever! And that is no empty promise. Every event is the Best Day EVER! I hope you recognize them for their contributions not just for changing the lives of the families they help but also the volunteers. You can not volunteer for a Best Day event and not be changed by one. Its a community that gives love freely of itself to everyone that enters into it. Thank you Best Day Foundation for all the joy you have brought into the lives of so many families including my own. I am a better human being because you exist to serve and better humanity in the capacity that you do. Some of my Beat Days Ever I have shared with all of you.♡