Best Buddies Virginia & DC

Best Buddies Virginia & DC Friendships, Jobs & Leadership Development
Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world. Best Buddies’ seven formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies, Jobs and Ambassadors – positively impact nearly 700,000 individuals with and without disabilities worldwide. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute, at no cost to their communities, support services that equate to more than $164 million USD. As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with IDD secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. Although Best Buddies has advanced tremendously in its short existence, many areas of the country and many regions of the world still lack programs to help people with IDD become part of mainstream society. With that in mind, Best Buddies is systematically implementing its 2020 Initiative, which will witness the organization’s continued significant growth, both domestically and overseas.
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#MotivationMonday comes from a chapter alumnus from our University of Roanoke chapter! He, along with other medical prof...
04/27/2020

#MotivationMonday comes from a chapter alumnus from our University of Roanoke chapter!

He, along with other medical professionals, developed an accessible resource surrounding COVID-19 so that everyone is #included in staying informed and healthy.

Thanks David for making a difference in your field. Read more via link in bio.

#motivation #alumni #medical #inclusion #legacy #resources #accessible #linkinbio #socool #thankyou #bestbuddiesvadc

🎳 Do you want to know what we miss doing the most? BOWLING! What are you most looking forward to doing again with your f...
04/24/2020

🎳 Do you want to know what we miss doing the most? BOWLING!

What are you most looking forward to doing again with your friends?! Comment below.

#FriendshipFriday #citizens #cantwait #bowling #activities #friends #inclusion #bestbuddiesvadc

04/22/2020

Jenny is one of our Jobs participants who is a Teacher’s Assistant at Calvary Methodist Preschool. Though school is closed, Jenny still reads to her students regularly! Listen in!

#workplacewednesday #reading #work #workfromhome #jobsprogram #include #friendship #inthistogether

🎉The College of William & Mary chapter had an awesome virtual game night together! Everyone was so happy to see each oth...
04/17/2020

🎉The College of William & Mary chapter had an awesome virtual game night together!

Everyone was so happy to see each other and made a ton of fun new memories, even from home.

Way to celebrate #FriendshipFriday William & Mary Best Buddies!

#friends #gettogether #virtual #games #smiles #connection #inclusion #college #chapter #memories #bestbuddiesvadc

Our Jobs team continues to meet with  participants, leading them through the online Skills to Succeed Academy training.W...
04/15/2020

Our Jobs team continues to meet with participants, leading them through the online Skills to Succeed Academy training.

We cannot wait to see our Jobs program participants put all they have learned into action in their workplaces!
#workplacewednesday #workhard #learn #online #training #skills #jobsprogram #waytogo #bestbuddiesvadc

🎨 Tune in to our Instagram LIVE today at 4:30! https://www.instagram.com/bestbuddiesvadc/The Best Buddies chapter from G...
04/13/2020

🎨 Tune in to our Instagram LIVE today at 4:30!
https://www.instagram.com/bestbuddiesvadc/

The Best Buddies chapter from Georgetown Visitation will be leading us through a fun art project together.

Thank you to our Virtual Events Team, made up of students from all over our region, for creating virtual events for us. Let’s all think like our Virtual Events Team and continue to find ways to create inclusion every day!

#MotivationMonday #sofun #virtualevent #seeyousoon #arts #live #join #virtualinclusion #friendship #bestbuddiesvadc

🎉#FriendshipFriday is our favorite time of the week! Angie and Laurie have been eating out together, watching movies tog...
04/10/2020

🎉#FriendshipFriday is our favorite time of the week!

Angie and Laurie have been eating out together, watching movies together, and dancing and singing together since being matched in our Citizens program!

We are still making “virtual” friendship matches in our Citizens for those 18 and up looking for someone to call and connect with during this time. comment below if you would like more information!

#adults #friendship #weneedeachother #friends #inclusion #citizensprogram #call #text #stayconnected #virtual #bestbuddies #bestbuddiesvadc

Our Jobs program participants are still working hard on this #WorkfromhomeWednesday. Erin, who works at Rosetta Stone, c...
04/08/2020

Our Jobs program participants are still working hard on this #WorkfromhomeWednesday.
Erin, who works at Rosetta Stone, continues to connect with her co-workers and manage her workload from home. She even has time to study a new language through the Rosetta Stone programs!

Explore your own free trials and language training online at rosettastone.com
#work #jobsprogram #job #workhard #learn #language #integratedemployment #inclusion #waytogo #bestbuddiesvadc

Mark your calendars!!! Come and learn more about Best Buddies Living in Washington DC by attending the Virtual Open Hous...
04/07/2020

Mark your calendars!!! Come and learn more about Best Buddies Living in Washington DC by attending the Virtual Open House every Wednesday at 3PM.

We will walk you around the apartments and show you where YOU could begin living inclusively!

04/06/2020
Motivational Monday!

Emma, from our Ambassadors program, is here to give us a happy #MotivationalMonday!
Thank you, Emma, for sharing your stories of what Best Buddies means to you!

Donate here: https://www.bestbuddies.org/capitalregion/donate-locally/

#ambassador #ambassadorsprogram #motivationmonday #video #smile #friends #hope #friendship #inclusion #support #bestbuddiesvadc

🎉We are so proud of our student leaders!! 🎉They have been fearlessly leading their chapters all year and are finishing s...
04/03/2020

🎉We are so proud of our student leaders!! 🎉

They have been fearlessly leading their chapters all year and are finishing strong. Even though the school year is not ending as they had anticipated, their high spirits and creative inclusivity keep the mission of Best Buddies happening all over Virginia and DC.

Great job everyone! Tag and share!

#leader #selfless #creative #brave #strong #waytogo #proud #school #colleges #friends #inclusion #virtual #lead #connect #bestbuddiesvadc

03/30/2020
We Love Best Buddies!

Our Yorktown High School Best Buddies chapter has been missing each other so they made a quick video to say hello!

#MotivationMonday #friends #hello #keepspiritshigh #inclusion #virtually #bestbuddies #bestbuddiesvadc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_6j2XNF0MY&feature=youtu.be

Here's what Yorktown Best Buddies is doing to stay connected while we're not in school and what we miss about each other!

✨#FriendshipFriday reimagined! ✨This week we’ve seen so many friends connecting in creative and fun ways! Writing letter...
03/27/2020

✨#FriendshipFriday reimagined! ✨

This week we’ve seen so many friends connecting in creative and fun ways! Writing letters, playing virtual games, and a ton of FaceTime hellos- every little connection matters.
#stayconnected #virtual #friends #friendships #encouraged #FaceTime #memories #smiles #funtimes #online #phonecalls #getcreative #include #inclusionmatters #bestbuddies #bestbuddiesvadc @ Best Buddies Virginia & DC

✨#FriendshipFriday reimagined! ✨This week we’ve seen so many friends connecting in creative and fun ways! Writing letter...
03/27/2020

✨#FriendshipFriday reimagined! ✨

This week we’ve seen so many friends connecting in creative and fun ways! Writing letters, playing virtual games, and a ton of FaceTime hellos- every little connection matters.
#stayconnected #virtual #friends #friendships #encouraged #FaceTime #memories #smiles #funtimes #online #phonecalls #getcreative #include #inclusionmatters #bestbuddies #bestbuddiesvadc @ Best Buddies Virginia & DC

✨#FriendshipFriday reimagined! ✨This week we’ve seen so many friends connecting in creative and fun ways! Writing letter...
03/27/2020

✨#FriendshipFriday reimagined! ✨

This week we’ve seen so many friends connecting in creative and fun ways! Writing letters, playing virtual games, and a ton of FaceTime hellos- every little connection matters.

#stayconnected #virtual #friends #friendships #encouraged #FaceTime #memories #smiles #funtimes #online #phonecalls #getcreative #include #inclusionmatters #bestbuddies #bestbuddiesvadc

#WorkplaceWednesday is all about employers like Accenture. They not only employee three of our Jobs program participants...
03/25/2020

#WorkplaceWednesday is all about employers like Accenture. They not only employee three of our Jobs program participants, but they have also selected Best Buddies as their Q3 charity of choice.

This means they are hosting fundraisers, they’re adapting their Skills to Succeed trainings during this time, and they are urging their employees to be a part of e-Buddies.

Thank you, Accenture, for being such an incredible partner!

#WorkplaceWednesday #employer #thankyou #charityofchoice #work #jobsprogram #accenturefederalservices #accenture #inclusion #bestbuddiesvadc @ Accenture Federal Services

🎉Happy news time! 🎉 Last week alone, 12 brand new virtual friendships were started in our Citizens program! That means 2...
03/23/2020

🎉Happy news time! 🎉
Last week alone, 12 brand new virtual friendships were started in our Citizens program! That means 24 adults are now NOT sitting in isolation and loneliness but are connecting with a new friend via phone, Facetime, and email.

Thank you to all of our Best Buddies Virginia & DC members who continue to show that inclusion is ALWAYS possible.

#MotivationMonday #keepgoing #signup #Citizensprogram #adultfriendship #friendship #virtual #phonebuddies #inclusion #memories #phonecalls #connection #excitingnews #happy #bestbuddiesvadc @ Best Buddies Virginia & DC

It’s #FriendshipFriday and friendships are still happening all across VA & DC! Emma and Erin from the Washington Liberty...
03/20/2020

It’s #FriendshipFriday and friendships are still happening all across VA & DC!

Emma and Erin from the Washington Liberty High School chapter were missing each other a lot this week, so Emma has been wearing her Best Buddies shirts every day to feel the love of her school friendships and remind herself of all the friends she's made through Best Buddies, even if she can’t see them all right now!

What are some ways YOU are staying connected to all of your friends?!

#stayconnected #virtually #connect #facetime #skype #text #call #care #friends #reachout #inclusion #friendships #funtimes #bestbuddies #friendsforever #schoolchapter #beetbuddiesvadc

This #WorkplaceWednesday, we are super proud of our many Jobs program participants who are diligently working from home....
03/18/2020

This #WorkplaceWednesday, we are super proud of our many Jobs program participants who are diligently working from home.

Terence with Gannett is staying creative and connected during his workdays from home. Way to stay safe and hardworking Terence!

#workplacewednesday #jobsprogram #jobs #hardwork #connected #inclusion #bestbuddiesvadc

Happy #MotivationMonday! Join our Best Buddies e-Buddies program to form online friendships and continue to promote soci...
03/16/2020

Happy #MotivationMonday!

Join our Best Buddies e-Buddies program to form online friendships and continue to promote social inclusion for everyone.
Sign up TODAY: https://www.bestbuddies.org/what-we-do/ebuddies/

Social distancing should never mean social isolation. Keep connecting with your friends in all sorts of fun and creative ways!

#jointoday #ebuddies #online #friendship #readmore #linkinbio #stayconnected #inclusion #friendships #media #technology #connect #bestbuddiesvadc

❗️Important Announcement ❗️Please click through to read about the health and safety precautions the Best Buddies family ...
03/13/2020

❗️Important Announcement ❗️
Please click through to read about the health and safety precautions the Best Buddies family will be taking during this time. We still look forward to seeing you and your friends at PROM 2020 now on June 12th! Stay healthy and safe.

#friendship #friends #stayconnected #postponed #prom #prom2020 #june12 #dance #safe #datechange #bestbuddies #bestbuddiesvadc #share #savethedate #community #together

Todd and Darius have been matched in our Citizens program since 2017! They are what  #FriendshipFriday is all about- enj...
03/13/2020

Todd and Darius have been matched in our Citizens program since 2017!

They are what #FriendshipFriday is all about- enjoying each other’s company, staying connected, and making new memories together!

Join our Citizens program today to be matched.

#friends #fun #memories #real #simple #basketball #wizards #friday #inclusion #bestbuddies #bestbuddiesvadc

We love featuring exceptional workers on #WorkplaceWednesday who go above and beyond in their professionalism and work e...
03/11/2020

We love featuring exceptional workers on #WorkplaceWednesday who go above and beyond in their professionalism and work ethic.

Connor, at SAP NS2, continues to shine at work not only in his work accomplishments but his bright and friendly personality around the office. Way to go, Connor!

#workhard #feature #shine #happy #workplace #friendly #professional #jobsprogram #inclusion #workplacewednesday #proud #bestbuddiesvadc

This #FriendshipFriday, we want to thank Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center for providing such an inc...
03/06/2020

This #FriendshipFriday, we want to thank Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center for providing such an incredible space for friendship to happen on PROM night each year.

Their beautiful space allows for memories to form and dance moves to break out! We cannot wait for the 2020 PROM on April 18th.

Get your tickets today: https://www.bestbuddies.org/vadcprom/

#seeyouthere #prom2020 #prom #promnight #friends #friendship #inclusive #dance #auction #fundraiser #bestbuddiesvadc

This week, we revealed one of the select chefs joining us on PROM night! Executive Chef Jaime Velasquez of Gerrard Stree...
03/05/2020

This week, we revealed one of the select chefs joining us on PROM night!

Executive Chef Jaime Velasquez of Gerrard Street Kitchen DC will be "marrying the precision of his classical training with the bold and vivacious flavors and beauty of Southeast Asian street food" for a bite you will not forget on April 18th.

Get your tickets today: https://www.bestbuddies.org/vadcprom/

#seeyouthere #chefs #bites #prom2020 #promnight #inclusive #dance #bestbuddiesvadc

It's March 4th! It is the annual day of awareness where people all around the world pledge to use inclusive words and ac...
03/04/2020

It's March 4th! It is the annual day of awareness where people all around the world pledge to use inclusive words and actions in their communities so that every single person is welcome and included. We invite YOU to commit to sparking inclusion in your workplaces, homes, schools, and communities by joining the movement.

Pledge to include here: https://www.spreadtheword.global/pledge

Be sure to follow our Instagram story today to watch the Spread the Word activation event at Yorktown High School!

#include #pledgetoinclude #spreadtheword #speak #share #inclusion #acceptance #friendship #bestbuddies #bestbuddiesvadc #community

🎉 March is #BestBuddiesMonth! It is a time to celebrate friendship and reflect on the importance of creating inclusive c...
03/02/2020

🎉 March is #BestBuddiesMonth!

It is a time to celebrate friendship and reflect on the importance of creating inclusive communities for people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Our inclusive friendship, jobs, leadership development, and living programs currently impact over 1.3 million people with and without IDD worldwide. Although it sounds like a lot, there are over 200 million people with IDD living in the world, today! With your support, we can do more.

Here's what you can do to help:

➡ Create awareness. Share your story with #BestBuddiesMonth and tag us (@bestbuddiesvadc) on social media throughout March.
➡ Join us locally at the 2020 Best Buddies PROM! Get tickets here: https://www.bestbuddies.org/vadcprom/
➡ Volunteer by becoming a friend or helping at PROM here: https://www.bestbuddies.org/capitalregion/get-involved/volunteer/
➡ Can't make it to PROM? Support our programs locally by making a donation today: https://www.bestbuddies.org/vadcprom/donate

You never know who you’ll meet at PROM2020!Terry, Tyler, and Connor all met each other for the first time at last year’s...
02/28/2020

You never know who you’ll meet at PROM2020!

Terry, Tyler, and Connor all met each other for the first time at last year’s PROM and have spent the past year making so many amazing memories through the Best Buddies Citizens program.

Come to PROM2020 and make new friendships while supporting a movement that is changing the world. Ticket link here: https://www.bestbuddies.org/vadcprom/

#prom #dance #party #gala #fundraiser #friends #friendship #inclusion #network #connections #FriendshipFriday #tickets #buynow #seeyouthere #bestbuddiesvadc

02/26/2020
About Delivering Jobs

Best Buddies is #DeliveringJobs!
Check out this new campaign that Autism Speaks, Best Buddies International, and Special Olympics are teaming up to create. Click video below to hear more!

#jobs #together #friends #partners #support #delivering #teamingup #1million #inclusion #bestbuddiesvadc #workplacewednesday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VatEu6BpCZ0&feature=youtu.be

Delivering Jobs is an inclusion campaign dedicated to creating pathways to one million employment and leadership opportunities for people with autism, intell...

Meet Sarah and Willow! They embody what #FriendshipFriday is all about. Last year, they were both brand new freshman and...
02/21/2020

Meet Sarah and Willow! They embody what #FriendshipFriday is all about. Last year, they were both brand new freshman and trying to find where we fit in on campus. They were matched together through their George Mason University Best Buddies chapter and have hung out almost every single day since! Happy #FriendshipFriday! #happy #inclusion #real #friendships #college #chapter #friends #together #friendsforever #bestbuddies #bestbuddiesvadc @ George Mason University

SAVE THE DATE! Best Buddies PROM is the best night of the year and you can get your VIP ticket for 14% off by using prom...
02/20/2020

SAVE THE DATE! Best Buddies PROM is the best night of the year and you can get your VIP ticket for 14% off by using promo code PROM2020Valentine before midnight tomorrow night! Don’t miss out on this great deal and make sure to mark your calendars! Click link to purchase your ticket TODAY: https://www.bestbuddies.org/vadcprom/

#PROM #bestbuddiesvadc #dance #dancemore #fun #inclusion #friends #memories #music #auction #fundraiser #friendship #savethedate #bestbuddies #bestnight #seeyouthere @ Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

We are pleased to announce that the Best Buddies Virginia & DC office has received another three year CARF accreditation...
02/19/2020

We are pleased to announce that the Best Buddies Virginia & DC office has received another three year CARF accreditation for our Jobs program!
CARF assists service providers in improving the quality of their services, demonstrating value, and meeting internationally recognized organizational and program standards. Accreditation is a public certification that Best Buddies strives to ensure that our services are of the highest possible quality.
We are so thankful for our participants, employers, counselors, and community members who helped us in this huge accomplishment!
Happy #workplacewednesday

02/18/2020
Join Best Buddies Living in Washington, DC!

#BestBuddiesLiving is coming to Washington, DC! 🏡 Applications are officially open and our program is ready to welcome its first residents. Check out more in the video below:

https://bit.ly/3bLA59n

#living #bestbuddies #bestbuddiesvadc #inclusion #inclusiveliving #lifetogether #checkitout #dc

The Best Buddies Living program represents one of our organization’s four key mission pillars, Inclusive Living. This program fosters an integrated experienc...

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02/14/2020

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02/14/2020

It's a BIG day! The grand reveal of the 2019 Walk video! Check it out & share!

Thank you to Your Peeps for the incredible capturing of the 2019 VA & DC Best Buddies Friendship Walk!

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why do they have to change that rule for the prom
Would love to have you log in today and join us!
Hope you all enjoy our family video! https://youtu.be/P4_M0-Qqojo
there a bonfire/ cookout tomarrow
is best buddies going fire fly
I'm going to the best buddies prom in April. I am going to see Tommy McFly and Jen and Kelly.
Please join us for our 2nd annual 5k benefitting Best Buddies. Great Sponsors and prizes!!