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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.



​Thursday, September 25th- Best Buddies "Buddy" Speed Dating

'64 Hall - 6:30- 7:30 PM

Interested in being matched in a one-to-one friendship with an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability? Come meet the Best Buddies and find out more about their likes and interests. "Speed dating" with the Buddies will allow you to meet and potentially be paired with a buddy for the 2014-2015 school year.


Wednesday, October 1st- Best Buddies Applications are due

Interested in learning more about the program that fosters friendships between those with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities? Do you desire to be a Best Buddy? All interested participants in the Best Buddies program must register online. Head to today to register! Click on the "membership" tab at the top of the page and then select the college application!

Thursday, October 23rd- Best Buddies Halloween Party

Aquinas Hall Lounge - 6:30- 8:00 PM

Help us kick off the start of the year with our Buddies by attending our Halloween Party. Come dressed in your best costume and enjoy a night of games, dancing and fun with our friends from the Fogarty Center.


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