The Friendship Circle Philadelphia Region North


    The Friendship Circle reaches out and extends a helping hand to families who have children with special needs and involves them in a full range of social experiences.   

    The Circles' unique formula introduces teenage volunteers to the children and through shared experiences both are enriched. We train teenage volunteers to become friends and mentors to a child with special needs thereby giving them the opportunity to have what every child needs – friends, role models , and love.

    The Friendship Circle touches so many in our community.    

    1. The child with special needs looks forward to a weekly visit and the opportunity to play with and learn from their older friends.

    2. The teenage volunteer learns the value of giving and cherishes the experience of making a difference in a child's life while bringing a smile to his or her face.

    3. The child's family gets a needed respite and pleasure of seeing their child become part of the community circle. 
    Together we are impacting our future by making a difference in the lives of children and teens in our community and helping them form a special bond.