Emerson said, “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” On Friend 2 Friend Friday, we encourage you to do just that. And if you’re already volunteering in one of our programs, think for a moment about your own best friend. If s/he isn’t involved, spread the word. Tell him/her why you think s/he’d make a stellar volunteer. Right now, in our programs for adults with disabilities, over 50 participants are waiting on a match. Including Sam.
“I want to keep it silly – not too serious,” says 20-year-old, Newton native, Sam, about his aspirations for a new friendship. He was matched once before in Friend 2 Friend’s Community Program, but the match ended when his friend moved out of the country. The friendship meant a lot to him. Though he enjoys the company of a supportive family (he lives with his folks and regularly catches up with aunts, uncles and cousins situated across the United States), he says he’s missing out on a friend of his own age who lives locally.
Sam, who has developmental and physical disabilities, attends a vocational program during the day, through which he also volunteers. He’s enrolled in a cooking class, a music club and sees all the latest big box office movies.
Sam’s ideal Friend: Young(ish), chill, good-humored, well-traveled, into music.