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Review for The Friendship Circle, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

Friendship Circle has really helped me understand life a little better. If you want to do it because it looks good on college applications, then don't do it at all. You need to have a passion for this, because I'm not going to lie, this is really hard to do. And if you are not in it 100%, then you are just letting down someone else. Friendship Circle taught me not to judge anyone, nobody is the same, and we are all born the way we are for a reason. I really loved this program, and i think that i am going to join again soon, because i miss making kids smile. I miss that feeling of seeing a child's face lighten up when they see you, because they know that you are going to give them a good time. I stopped going to Friendship Circle because of homework, and time management, but i really want to begin again. If you love helping people, if you love kids, if you just love knowing that you are giving, then you should really join this organization. This is not for everyone though. You have to be strong, but still be their friend. You learn to be better at this over time. Like, when i first joined, i had no idea what i was doing. I didn't know if i should tell the child to stop, or tell him "if you follow directions, then you get a present." But each child has something that helps, and if you communicate with the parents, then they can help you. It all takes time, patience, love, and effort, honestly. However, there are older people in this organization. And, even though they have a disability, i don't think that they want to be treated any differently. So giving older kids play-do, and telling them to play on the playground, might not be the best way. Treat them like you would want to be treated. I wouldn't want to be told that i need to play with these blocks, because i would be bored. And i think that some of these kids do get bored, because the activities are not showing everything that they are capable of.

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

Kind, generous, willing to help, but understated the people here.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I spent every other Sunday afternoon with a child.