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

Rating: 5 stars  

My older daughter volunteered with the Friendship Circle for four years. She started with Winter Camp which she loved. It was a great experience for her. After that she did Friends at Home, visiting a special needs friend once/week. It was a special time for her, kept her grounded and appreciating what she has more. She learned to be a teacher and a mentor and how to understand her special friend. He loved her, always excited to see her. It has also been a tremendous support for his family who love to have her around. Now that she is in college, my younger daughter has taken over her buddy whom she visits every week. She has been trained by a professional at the Orientation/Training and is always trying to get her buddy to talk more and try new games etc. It is a great experience for both of them. His family is also getting continued support. My younger daughter is also part of Friendship Circle's President's Club, or Leadership Club which she loves. She helps plan activities for the teens and is in charge of keeping everyone up-to-date on Facebook. This has encouraged her to seek leadership positions at school. She loves volunteering for the Friendship Circle.

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

The Directors and staff are wonderful people. They are great at communicating with teens, parents and children. Everyone feels welcome and part of a very special community. All people involved love the Friendship Circle and are dedicated to the cause.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Mother of two volunteers.