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Best Buddies


​​​​​​​Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). ​​​

Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,700 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world.​​

Through a partnership with the Fogarty Center in North Providence, Providence College students have the opportunity to be paired in a one-to-one friendship with individuals in the community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to attending chapter events which are held monthly on campus, buddy pairs communicate weekly via phone calls, text messages and emails. Students interested in being a part of the program, but not interested in being paired directly in a friendship have the opportunity to become an associate member. Associate members participate in all chapter events including, but not limited to monthly gatherings, the Best Buddies Ball and the state wide Best Buddies Friendship walk held annually in May.

For more information about our program or to register as a member contact us at


Check back in the Fall to learn about our events for the 2015-2106 school year!​


2014 - 2015 Events

  • Thursday, September 11th- Informational Best Buddies Meeting for all PC Students
  • Thursday, September 25th- Best Buddies Speed Dating Event- Slavin 64' Hall
  • Thursday, October 16th- Best Buddies Meeting for PC Buddies​
  • Thursday, October 23rd- Best Buddies Halloween Party -Aquinas Hall Lounge
  • Friday, November 7th- PC Men's Hockey Game- Schneider Arena
  • Thursday, December 11th- Best Buddies Christmas Party
  • Friday, January 23rd- Best Buddies Night at the PC Women's Basketball Game
  • Friday, February 20th- Best Buddies Valentine's Dance
  • Saturday, February 28th- Boogie for Buddies
  • Wednesday, March 4th- Spread the Word to End the Word Day
  • Monday, March 16th- Best Buddies Movie Night- McPhails
  • Saturday, March 28th- Best Buddies Rhode Island Buddy Ball
  • Sunday, April 19th- Buddy BBQ