The Friendship Circle of LA is a wonderful local organization that counts over 1500 volunteers since inception and hundreds of families served. This group is committed to serving families that have special needs children. It is Dr. J’s charitable organization of choice, and at West LA Orthodontics, we are proud to support The Friendship Circle’s cause by donating to them a portion of each and every patient’s payment.
The Friendship Circle’s mission is (1) to provide children who have special needs with a full range of social, recreational, educational and Judaic experiences; (2) to provide their parents with respite and support; and (3) to enrich, inspire and motivate teenagers through sharing of themselves with others.
The Friendship Circle is made up of five parts: children, volunteers, parents, staff, and supporters. The Friendship Circle envisions a world where people who have special needs and their families are accepted, included, and befriended so they can become successful members of society. To create that world, The Friendship Circle fosters an environment where these children and families are given the support and love they need. In addition to supporting families and children with special needs, The Friendship Circle endeavors to empower teens to take an active role in assisting and nurturing the wider community with the hope of creating a new generation of leaders to make the world a better place.
Here are some of the ways The Friendship Circle serves our community:
Every week, teenage volunteers visit participating children in their homes, engaging in activities and developing close friendships. These visits can be arranged to accommodate a wide variety of schedules. The Friendship Circle also hosts a grand Birthday Bash each month and invites all participating children to celebrate their birthdays with volunteers and other birthday boys and girls. Party highlights include activities, refreshments, goody-bags and of course a birthday cake. It will be a party to remember!
At Basketball Club, kids get to experience the thrill of the game firsthand – right from the court! Coached by a professional sports therapist, the children learn the rules of the game, develop teamwork and most of all have fun!
On select Sundays, the Sunday Circle enables parents to leave children in the hands of qualified professionals and loving volunteers. The children and their special friends spend 2 wonderful hours together enjoying music, art, sports and a state of the art inclusive playground.
The Friendship Circle hosts holiday programs that allow the entire family to celebrate together in a comfortable and lively setting. Volunteers are on hand to bring holiday cheer and ensure that the needs of each child are met. Innovative activities bring the warm and joyous feelings of the holidays to the children and their families.