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This weekly program facilitates quality time between teen volunteers and children with special needs in the comfort of their own homes. Each week, two volunteers visit their special friend, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of friendship and experience firsthand the power of giving.

Children ages 4 - 15. Volunteers grade 9+

No Fee

Friends At Home

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2 times a year, all children and teen pairs participating in the Friends At Home program are invited to an evening of connection. The 1 hour gathering, which takes the place of that weeks' Friends at Home visit, includes fun activities and entertainment. It is a great opportunity for the kids and volunteers to socialize and meet so many other pairs sharing the Friends at Home experience.

Day: Sunday

No fee

Friends At Home Connect

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In this weekly after school club at Ramaz Jewish day school, children with special needs are able to enjoy a range of mainstream sports activities such as soccer, gaga & handball. Professional coaches and teen volunteers are on hand to teach the fundamentals of the sport, engender cooperativeness, team spirit, and to encourage the children to go way beyond what was thought possible. Siblings are welcome.

Kids: 7 - 13

Volunteers: 11-17. Ramaz students only

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 4:45 - 5:45 pm

Location: Ramaz Middle School - 114 East 85th Street

Fee: $350/year

Miracle Sports League dates 2019/20 will be released soon 

Miracle Sports League

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Sunday Circle is a bi-weekly program that enables parents to leave their children & teens in the hands of loving volunteers and qualified professionals for two hours of fun, entertainment, creativity, and social interaction. With numerous activities on offer, including music, art, baking, sports, bounce house and facilitated sensory play, Sunday Circle is a real favorite! Open to kids of all abilities.

Kids: 4-13

Volunteers: 14+

Junior Volunteers: 11+

Time: 12:30-2:30pm

(Volunteers begin at 12:00 pm)

Dates: Sep 22, Oct 6, 27, Nov 10, 24, Dec 8, 22, Jan 12, 26, Feb 2, 23, March 15, 29, April 26, May 3

Location: Ramaz Middle School - 114 East 85th Street

Fee: $350/year

Sunday Circle

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At Friendship Circle Day Camp, children with special needs have their school breaks transformed into a fun-filled camp experience! Packed with daily field trips, art, music, sports, special performances and more, FC day camp is an experience like no other. 

Friendship Circle hosts 4 Day Camps throughout the year:

Thanksgiving Day Camp: November 28, 2019

Winter Camp: December 26-27, 2019

Presidents' Week Camp: February 17 & 18, 2020

Summer Camp: August 24-28, 2020

Day Camp

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Every child's big day is a big deal at the Friendship Circle! Birthday celebrations are integrated into all our ongoing programs to ensure that each child enjoys a festive birthday they will always remember!

How we celebrate at ongoing programs:

Children with upcoming birthdays will enjoy a joint party at the program closest to their birthday. Party highlights include birthday games, refreshments, gifts and of course...a birthday cake!

How we celebrate at a Friends At Home play date:

Buddies will show up for their weekly play date toting a 'birthday in a box'. Full of interactive birthday activities and gifts, the home party is guaranteed to make each child feel treasured!

Birthday Bash

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Throughout the year Friendship Circle provides family holiday inspiration and fun. Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim and the annual FC family Shabbat lunch. Holiday events are geared for the whole family to enjoy and are not stand-alone drop off programs.

Shabbat and Holiday Events

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The Friendship Walk is a community wide event that shines a light on children, teens and young adults with special needs and raises much needed funds for Friendship Circle UES. Join in solidarity as the entire community walks through the streets of Manhattan on May 19, 2019, in a proud demonstration of special needs awareness and unity. The Walk is followed by a family street fair replete with rides, shows, zoo animals, carnival games, shopping, kosher food and more!

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020

Location: 77th Street between 1st & York Aves

Open to the public

Friendship Walk

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FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE UPPER EAST SIDE • 419 East 77th Street, New York, NY 10075 • (212) 348-2527

The Friendship Circle is a DBA of Chabad Lubavitch Upper East Side. A non-profit 501 (c)3 organization; (Federal tax ID#: 11-3083540)

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