My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Friendship Circle, Palo Alto, CA, USA
i had the great privilege of being a winter camp volunteer buddy. my special needs buddy was a high functioning 6 yr old boy with violent tendencies. i did it because i felt that special needs children deserve fun and friendship just like anyone else. i didn't expect it to be as rewarding and enjoyable as it was. my buddy came in withdrawn and unwilling to communicate openly with me but after consistently reaching out to him through all the great programs, games and crafts, he began to open up to me. a couple days into it he wouldn't do anything without me near him. i saw this happening between many of the other buddies too. children that had never interacted with people other then their immediate family, let alone friends, were now laughing and playing with best friends. in addition we, as volunteers, always felt so special and appreciate it. the directors, Nechama and Ezzy shusterman always took the time to get to know each of us and make sure we were happy and ok. it turned us into a warm, happy, friendship circle family. we were able to reach out to the kids so much better because of the great support we got and in return the kids left camp different people. i still miss my buddy but unfortunately lost contact with him after leaving town for school. friendship circle really taught me the value of others and how every person, and every positive action, really helps.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
was the sincere love and care for others. you could tell that every thing they do is done for no ulterior motive other then really just to help people.
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