My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh Inc, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
The Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh, www.fcpgh.org, inspires my whole family to give. The Friendship Circle is dedicated to helping children and young adults with special needs to become more fully integrated into the broader community. The program allows children and young adults with special needs to enjoy the company of teenage and young adult volunteers in a full range of social activities. My older son was born 10 weeks premature and has had some struggles because of it. In first grade, we were connected with a new organization, The Friendship Circle, and two high school students became his friends that came to our house each week to play with him and help him socialize. He outgrew his need for this, but the organization always held a special place in my heart. When he was in seventh grade, it was his turn to start volunteering. Maybe because he knows how it feels to struggle, he has made The Friendship Circle a priority in his life. The organization has grown since the early days, and he now goes to Bowling League, Cooking Club, and many other activities to volunteer with his friends. He gets to be social with kids he has known since preschool as well as the friends he has made at Friendship Circle. He has come out of his shell with his delays to be on event committees and leadership committees that promote Friendship Circle to the community at large. The best part is that every activity is free for the friends with special needs as well as the teen volunteers. Seeing the way Friendship Circle has so positively affected our son, and the community at large, has given me the inspiration to donate to The Friendship Circle, volunteer my time, and encourage my younger son to volunteer.