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Get Involved: Best Buddies UNH

Friday, December 6, 2013

Author: 
Mary Houghton
Friday, December 6, 2013

Photo Credit: wildcatlink.unh.edu/

With winter break fast approaching, we will have plenty of time on our hands to eat, sleep, relax, and finally, think about what kinds of things we will want to be involved in for the Spring semester. One thing that you might want to consider is community service! Community service is a great way to spend free time you might have; it is oftentimes very rewarding and can look great on your resume as an added bonus! One program here at UNH that is a very rewarding experience and requires little time commitment is UNH’s chapter of Best Buddies. Best Buddies is an international non-profit organization dedicated to giving opportunities for one on one friendship and inclusion for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Each UNH member of Best Buddies is matched with a “buddy” and is required to meet with them face to face once a month as well as be in contact with them once a week. Forms of contact can include Facebook, email, phone calls, etc. Additionally, there is a monthly meeting for all members of UNH Best Buddies to engage in a group event. The goal of this organization is to include and encourage social participation from intellectually and developmentally disabled students in the community. This organization is a great way to get involved and make a difference in somebody’s life by becoming their buddy. I have heard from many that this program is fun and a great learning experience for those who are looking for opportunities to be involved with the community. Best Buddies UNH is holding a “Eat Away the Stress of Finals Bake Sale” in Union Court Monday, December 9th from 11:00am to 7:00pm, so be sure to stop by and grab a baked good as well as talk to a member of Best Buddies to learn more about the program. Give it some thought and check it out! 

For more information about UNH’s chapter of Best Buddies, visit their homepage

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