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Best Buddies - Outstanding Chapter Award 2012-2013

Best Buddies

The Auburn Chapter of Best Buddies was recognized as one of the most Outstanding Chapters for 2012-2013. The mission of Best Buddies International is "to establish 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)." Specifically, the Auburn University chapter focuses on creating friendships between college students and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. College students, called “college buddies,” are paired with adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities, with whom they spend one-on-one time with throughout the year. Favorite activities include going to dinner, scrapbooking, going to Chill, and just hanging out. The organization holds monthly events for all the members and buddies to attend. Examples of activities include a Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas Party, bowling, and a Valentines dance. The group also participates in Greek Sing.

Additionally, the Best Buddies organization participated in the Exceptional Outreach's Love Your Heart Run, Crank Your Heart Ride, which is a fundraiser to support programs for citizens with disabilities in the community. College Buddies volunteered to help with the event and College Buddies and Buddies participated in the 1-mile walk. Over 60 College Buddies and Buddies participated in the activity even though it was cold and rainy! The week of March 4-8, Best Buddies advocated for "Spread the Word to End the Word"(STWTETW). The STWTETW initiative is an "ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word." 

There are more than 425 college chapters worldwide.  Lauren Swindle, Best Buddies of Auburn President and a senior in Collaborative Teacher Special Education, says the award is an honor because of the large number of active chapters in the country. If you are interested in the program, come to O-Days in the Fall for more information.

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Last Updated: Jul 29, 2013

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