The Friendship Circle is a unique organization with a refreshing approach to helping families of children with special needs. Our innovative programming and and creative activities are designed to foster a relationship between community teenagers and the children by drawing on the love, boundless energy and dynamism of our teenage population.
The Friendship Circle partners with the Adamh Board and the Columbus Jewish Federation to extend a helping hand to families who have children with special needs and involves them in a full range of social and Judaic experiences. The Friendship Circle’s unique formula introduces teenage volunteers to the children and their families, and through the shared experiences, all are enriched.
The child with special needs looks forward to a weekly visit and the opportunity to play with and learn from their older friends. The teenage volunteer learns the value of giving, and cherishes the experience of making a difference in a child’s life and bringing a smile to his or her face.The child’s family gets a needed respite and the pleasure of seeing their child become a part of the Friendship Circle.