Best Buddies!

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Gain a new friend by joining Best Buddies! Fairfield Parks and Recreation is teaming with the Fairfield Police and Fire Department and Fairfield Ludlowe and Warde High Schools to develop the Best Buddies programs in Fairfield. The Best Buddies program matches a volunteer with an intellectual or developmental disability (buddy) in a one-to-one friendship with a volunteer without an intellectual or developmental disability (peer buddy). Each matched buddy pair makes a commitment to contact each other once a week; this can be by talking in school, connecting by phone, text, email, social media, etc.. Additionally, buddy pairs will make plans to get together twice a month. Many buddy pairs enjoy eating lunch together, going to school sporting events together, or hanging out after school. The purpose of Best Buddies is to foster natural friendships between a peer buddy and buddy.

The Best Buddies advisor for Ludlowe is Elizabeth Kennedy, EKennedy@fairfieldschools.org and the Warde advisor is Sarah Sykes, SSykes@fairfieldschools.org. These advisors along with the student leaders at their schools will provide members with the support and information that is needed to facilitate strong and lasting relationships. There is no fee to join Best Buddies but just like any other friendship, if the buddy pairs decide to get together outside of school, each student is responsible for his/her own spending money and transportation.

Register Online with Parks and Recreation to become a Best Buddies Peer Buddy and more information will follow.

Fairfield Ludlowe HS Best Buddies Peer Buddy – Course # 6916

Fairfield Warde HS Best Buddies Peer Buddy – Course # 6918

Peer buddy volunteers are matched in a one-to-one friendship with a buddy on an as needed basis. However, volunteers who are not matched are welcome to have fun and build friendships at the Best Buddies activities & events!

Parents, Does Your Ludlowe or Warde Teen With IDD Need a Peer Buddy?

Register your child Online to be paired with a Best Buddies Peer Buddy and more information will follow.

At this time, the program only runs at Fairfield Ludlowe and Warde High School.

Fairfield Ludlowe HS Best Buddies Buddy – Course # 6917

Fairfield Warde HS Best Buddies Buddy – Course # 6918

For more information about Best Buddies contact the state office at 203.234.3996 or visit www.bestbuddies.org