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Tzvi Schectman
BY Tzvi Schectman

Five for Friendship: How $5 Can Change a Life

In 1994 Friendship Circle was founded on the idea that within each person is a soul, regardless of any limitations that may surround it, regardless of whatever natural gifts we may have or lack, regardless of what obstacles and challenges we may confront, our souls are sacred and worthy of boundless love.

18 years later we are still hard at work spreading this concept to millions of people around the world. During these years Friendship Circle has grown into a beautiful group of thousands of families with special needs who receive crucial support from the services we provide.

Today, we ask for your support so we can support even more individuals with special needs. In Five for Friendship we ask for a simple donation of $5. Five Dollars will provide $1 for each of our five divisions and enable Friendship Circle to help even more individuals with special needs.

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How your $5 Donation Will Help

1. Friendship

What makes Friendship Circle unique is that we focus on Friendship. All of our programs include teen volunteers who are paired up with a child who has special needs to spend quality time together. The special bond they have is simple and beautiful and lasts a lifetime. Help us bring the beauty of friendship to even more children and volunteers.

2. Social Skills

For children with special needs social skills is one of the most difficult skills to learn. With a growing emphasis on social skills we now offer a full social skills program complete with a summer day camp, inclusion sports league and ongoing social skills classes. Your support will help us expand our social skills offering to teens and young adults.

3. Lessons For Life

Schools from all across Metro Detroit bring over 2,000 students a year to learn essential life skills in our Weinberg Village, These skills which include street safety, money management and time management helps students with special needs attain independence and confidence in their own abilities. Your support will enable us to expand our life skills curriculum and Weinberg Village.

4. Upstander

Bullying is one of the most disturbing issues facing this country. Friendship Circle has put in place the Upstander Curriculum which teaches teens how to spot and stop bullying incidents and protect the victims from further abuse. With your help we will expand this program to schools around the country.

5. Resources

The Friendship Circle Resource Blog provides important resources to families with a special needs child. You’ll hear from parents, special educators, therapists, advocates, and those with special needs themselves. With over 30,000 monthly readers the Friendship Circle blog is one of the biggest special needs blogs in the country. Your help will enable us to offer new resources and features for grateful parents.


Tzvi Schectman

Written on August 21, 2012 by:

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+

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