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.