You'll be receiving many emails from me today because there's too much going on to fit in just one message.
It's been my experience that once these things are published, you have to sign up immediately in order to ensure a spot. If you don't mind the drive up to Emory, I bet this is a good program (or at least a program with good intentions.)
Raissa @ Southside Support
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From: Mack Schroeder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Emory Best Buddies Program
My name is Mack Schroeder and I am the Vice President of the Best Buddies program at Emory University. We are looking to recruit more participants for next year and I was wondering if you would reach out to some of your families to let them know about Best Buddies. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at this email address or call me at561-308-9669. Here is the information about the program to send out. Thank you!
Best Buddies is an international non-profit organization that promotes the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At Emory, we pair these individuals in one-to-one friendships ("buddy pairs") with the university students. Each month, we have chapter events where all members of the program meet together. We also encourage our Emory participants to contact their buddies outside of chapter events (through phone, e-mail, etc.) at least twice a month.
Typically, we have one chapter event each month of the school year (September, October, November, possibly December, January, February, March, April). These usually take place on Emory's campus in Druid Hills. Past events include karaoke, soccer, tye-dying, arts and crafts, watching movies, basketball with the Emory basketball team, potlucks, and more. Events are typically two hours and almost all of them are on Sunday afternoons. Our first event will most likely be in late September.
This past year, our marquee event was a 5k run/walk on campus to raise awareness for autism and other disabilities. The race was a huge success and we drew over 150 participants. Pictures can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.632790403460233.1073741831.378618075544135&. We hope to make this an annual tradition here at Emory.
Registration for 2014-2015 is now open. The membership application can be completed here: https://www.bestbuddiesonline.org/Instructions.aspx?t=1 . Our group does not have any age restrictions or costs. Please feel free to contact Mack Schroeder, the Vice President of the program, at email@example.com or call him at 561-308-9669 if you have any questions or for more information about the program.
Emory Best Buddies Vice President
Class of 2017
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