Best Buddies Wisconsin

Best Buddies Wisconsin Best Buddies is committed to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development & inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)

How does it work? Best Buddies is structured around the academic year. If your child goes to one of the participating schools or is affiliated with one of our host sites, then they qualify to participate. One-to-one matches are made in the fall and both individuals in the “buddy pair” commit to the program for an academic year. Best Buddies staff works with the chapter by providing continual support in chartering each chapter, recruiting chapter members, arranging the matches, and helping with chapter meetings and group activities.

How does it work? Best Buddies is structured around the academic year. If your child goes to one of the participating schools or is affiliated with one of our host sites, then they qualify to participate. One-to-one matches are made in the fall and both individuals in the “buddy pair” commit to the program for an academic year. Best Buddies staff works with the chapter by providing continual support in chartering each chapter, recruiting chapter members, arranging the matches, and helping with chapter meetings and group activities.

Mission: Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Operating as usual

Celebrate Turkey Day with us next Tuesday for our Thanksgiving Turkey Hunt @ 6pm on zoom! 🦃
11/20/2020

Celebrate Turkey Day with us next Tuesday for our Thanksgiving Turkey Hunt @ 6pm on zoom! 🦃

Hey, Wisconsin! Best Buddies is looking for Citizen Friendship Peer Buddies to join the inclusion movement. The Best Bud...
11/19/2020

Hey, Wisconsin! Best Buddies is looking for Citizen Friendship Peer Buddies to join the inclusion movement. The Best Buddies Citizen Program fosters meaningful friendship for adults with or without disabilities.
Although it may be challenging to meet in person right now, we are excited to help get new 1:1 friendships going virtually to start. Then, when it is safe to meet in person again, you will be able to hang out and do things fun together in the community.
Many people right now are experiencing isolation, disconnection and could benefit from having someone to talk to and develop a new friendship with.
If interested in learning more about how you can get involved with Best Buddies, please contact:
Christine Schulz, Program Manager Community Engagement
[email protected]
• 414.271.1470 x101
Or fill out a Citizens Friendship Program application by clicking the link: https://www.bestbuddiesonline.org/Citizens/CitizensMemberApplication.aspx

🎄UPDATE🎄Our Holiday Gift Sale will run until Tuesday November 24th and pick up will also be on the 24th. We apologize fo...
11/19/2020

🎄UPDATE🎄
Our Holiday Gift Sale will run until Tuesday November 24th and pick up will also be on the 24th. We apologize for any inconvenience!

The sale is now live!!🎁

Last weekend some of our BBWI members participated in a huge fish tank donation! The event was ran by the Cops and Kids ...
11/18/2020

Last weekend some of our BBWI members participated in a huge fish tank donation! The event was ran by the Cops and Kids Foundation. Here are some awesome photos from the event!

photos from Mike De Sisti @ the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The holiday season is officially upon us, and Best Buddies WI is here for your gift giving needs! Through GiveSmart we a...
11/17/2020

The holiday season is officially upon us, and Best Buddies WI is here for your gift giving needs! Through GiveSmart we are selling some great items that will make perfect for gifts for your kids, friends, parents, colleagues, and even yourself! By doing your holiday shopping with us you will be supporting Best Buddies Wisconsin! We hope that you will share your season of giving with us. Be sure to keep an eye out for updates on the page throughout the week, as we are still entering new items!

Purchases will be available for pick up on Tuesday November 25th from 10a-3p

The sale will go on from November 17-November 25
Give Smart Link: https://BBWIHolidaySale.givesmart.com
From mobile phone:

text BBWIHolidaySale to 76278

Tomorrow is the day! It is BBW’s Virtual Friendship Festival. We are so excited and hope you will join us! Find more det...
11/17/2020

Tomorrow is the day! It is BBW’s Virtual Friendship Festival. We are so excited and hope you will join us! Find more details below! ✨
For a successful event we suggest you bring the following items:
• Something that starts with the same letter as your first name
• A furry friend (if you have one)
• A favorite book
• A drawing or photo of your favorite animal and one interesting fact about it
• Something that is made of wood
• Something that can be recycled
• An art project

Be prepared to share a story about why you chose each of the items. It will be fun to share about ourselves and connect in a new and interesting way!
✓ Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/6436373236
✓ Password: Buddy89!

Hi all! We hope you are having a great week. This year BBWI will be hosting a our own Virtual Friendship Festival on Nov...
11/12/2020

Hi all! We hope you are having a great week. This year BBWI will be hosting a our own Virtual Friendship Festival on November 18th. We are so excited and hope you will join us! Find more details below! ✨
For a successful event we suggest you bring the following items:
• Something that starts with the same letter as your first name
• A furry friend (if you have one)
• A favorite book
• A drawing or photo of your favorite animal and one interesting fact about it
• Something that is made of wood
• Something that can be recycled
• An art project

Be prepared to share a story about why you chose each of the items. It will be fun to share about ourselves and connect in a new and interesting way!
✓ Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/6436373236
✓ Password: Buddy89!

Tonight join Caleb and Alex with Carroll University for their Virtual Cooking Class! All you need is your ingredients an...
11/10/2020

Tonight join Caleb and Alex with Carroll University for their Virtual Cooking Class! All you need is your ingredients and a smile 😃 Can’t wait to see you there

Tonight is the night! Join us for our Jump for Inclusion event @ Sky Zone Milwaukee from 4-8pm! *More details in previou...
11/09/2020

Tonight is the night! Join us for our Jump for Inclusion event @ Sky Zone Milwaukee from 4-8pm! *More details in previous post*

Join us this upcoming Monday for our Jump for Inclusion event at Sky Zone MKE! We are so excited to be hosting this even...
11/06/2020

Join us this upcoming Monday for our Jump for Inclusion event at Sky Zone MKE! We are so excited to be hosting this event, and we hope to see you there on November 9th from 4p-8p (for more details see below)✨🙌🏻

We are only 6 days away from our Jump for Inclusion event at Sky Zone MKE! We are so excited to be hosting this event, a...
11/03/2020

We are only 6 days away from our Jump for Inclusion event at Sky Zone MKE! We are so excited to be hosting this event, and we hope to see you there on November 9th from 4p-8p (for more details see photo)✨🙌🏻

Join us tomorrow on zoom tomorrow @ 6pm for our Virtual Class Series with Carroll University. We will be making firework...
11/02/2020

Join us tomorrow on zoom tomorrow @ 6pm for our Virtual Class Series with Carroll University. We will be making fireworks in a jar. Gather your supplies and we hope to see you there! 🎇

Get ready to JUMP for inclusion at Sky Zone MKE! We are so excited to be hosting this event, and we hope to see you ther...
10/30/2020

Get ready to JUMP for inclusion at Sky Zone MKE! We are so excited to be hosting this event, and we hope to see you there on November 9th from 4p-8p (for more details see photo)✨🙌🏻

Share with us what you are thankful for! This could be BBWI related or not.✨ #thankfulthursday
10/29/2020

Share with us what you are thankful for! This could be BBWI related or not.✨
#thankfulthursday

BBWI is excited to partner with Carroll University for our virtual class series.Bill Kirsch, BBWI Citizens participant a...
10/27/2020

BBWI is excited to partner with Carroll University for our virtual class series.
Bill Kirsch, BBWI Citizens participant and adjunct professor at Carroll University, along with his students enrolled in the Sports Administration program, will be leading weekly virtual classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for BBWI participants. Wednesday’s will be our workout Wednesday program. See below for our class schedule. All classes will be streamed through Zoom.

Join us tonight for the “Where us Pio Pete?” Class!!

Happy Monday all! we wanted to make a special post thanking our sponsors and donors who helped us put on our 2020 Champi...
10/26/2020

Happy Monday all!
we wanted to make a special post thanking our sponsors and donors who helped us put on our 2020 Champion of the Year Event! We are so grateful for them and all of you ✨🏆
Have a great week!

10/24/2020
Jean's Clay Studio

Awesome work Jean's Clay Studio!!!

Congratulations to the 10 Best Buddies Wisconsin champions and their hard work raising funds for this wonderful organization! It was a pleasure making your awards! #handmade #custom #awards #bestbuddieswi #inclusion Is your business or organization looking for hand crafted, one-of-a-kind, custom awards? Contact me with your ideas and we can discuss possibilities! #madeinwisconsin #mkemade

10/22/2020
Wisconsin Virtual Champion of the Year

Join us this evening at 5:30 pm CST as Best Buddies Wisconsin holds its Virtual Champion of the Year event- uniting and recognizing our community’s most active leaders in the name of inclusion.

Do you want an Ultimate Game Night with bbJack’s?! Well they have provided our COY auction with just that! You can find ...
10/22/2020

Do you want an Ultimate Game Night with bbJack’s?! Well they have provided our COY auction with just that! You can find this exciting prize on our auction site. 🏆

bbJack’s wants you to know that they are following the guidance of national health experts and local officials and have implemented new safety and sanitation procedures to provide their customers with a fun, and safe experience. They look forward to working with you and help plan your next event!

Enjoy a Pizza Party for up to 20 people

Includes:

· AN HOUR OF UNLIMTED GAME PLAY

in our 6,000 sq. foot game room!

· Pizza and Soda

· Private use of our party room for you and your guests

· Value $500

Alcohol and additional game play can be purchased separately.

10/22/2020
Wisconsin Virtual Champion of the Year

Join us this evening at 5:30 pm CST as Best Buddies Wisconsin holds its Virtual Champion of the Year event- uniting and recognizing our community’s most active leaders in the name of inclusion.

TODAY is the day! We are just a few short hours away from our 2020 Champion of the Year event. Best Buddies WI wanted to...
10/22/2020

TODAY is the day! We are just a few short hours away from our 2020 Champion of the Year event. Best Buddies WI wanted to take a moment to thank all of our stellar candidates for this years event, as well as all of you for your support!

There is still time to RSVP for the event tonight, and you can also donate, and participate in our auction! Link to do so is below.

Link: https://www.bestbuddieschampion.org/wisconsin

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This year’s Champion of the Year event is TONIGHT at 5:30p! Our auction site is currently live, and we have some fantast...
10/22/2020

This year’s Champion of the Year event is TONIGHT at 5:30p! Our auction site is currently live, and we have some fantastic items, like this Outdoor Movie Night at Home donated by FunFlicks of WI (Item 304).  This experience is currently up for bidding! The winner of this awesome prize will be awarded with rental of an 18' inflatable screen, H-D projection, concert grade sound system, audio mixer and wireless microphones, options for live TV and video gaming, and an experienced event host to set up, tear down and operate the equipment.  🏆🎉🏆

10/21/2020
Dining Dynamic Duo

As many of know our Champion of the Year event is TOMORROW! Our auction site is currently live, and this video showcases the Dining Dynamic Duo (Item 303), which includes a dinner at North Shore Country Club. This experience is currently up for auction! We are so excited for you to be apart of this wonderful celebration. 🏆🎉🏆
A huge thank you to Scott Steele at Steele Media group for creating this video!

10/21/2020
Florida’s Finest Escape

As many of know our Champion of the Year event is TOMORROW! Our auction site is currently live, and this video showcases Florida’s Finest Escape (Item 302), a 7-day luxury getaway. This awesome donation is currently up for bidding! We are so excited for you to be apart of this wonderful celebration. 🏆🎉🏆
A huge thank you to Scott Steele at Steele Media Group for creating this video!

just a reminder to join us tonight for our virtual costume party! hope to see you all there ✨🎃👻
10/21/2020

just a reminder to join us tonight for our virtual costume party! hope to see you all there ✨🎃👻

10/20/2020
The Fighting Irish Experience (Item 301)

As many of know our Champion of the Year event is this Thursday, October 22nd! Our auction site is currently live, and this video showcases the awesome Fighting Irish Experience with Notre Dame Football (Item 301), which is currently up for bidding! We are so excited for you to be apart of this wonderful celebration. 🏆🎉🏆
Also, we'd like to send a huge thank you to Scott Steele at Steele Media Group for creating this video!

10/20/2020
Fanning Fabulous Flames (Item 300)

As many of know our Champion of the Year event is this Thursday, October 22nd! Our auction site is currently live, and this video showcases the Gas Fire Pit Plus Istallation from Brooks (Item 300), which is currently up for bidding! We are so excited for you to be apart of this wonderful celebration. 🏆🎉🏆
A huge thank you to Scott Steele at Steele Media group for creating this video!

It's #thankfulthursday and we are so very thankful for these last two Champion of the Year Candidates! Meet Sophia and Y...
10/15/2020

It's #thankfulthursday and we are so very thankful for these last two Champion of the Year Candidates! Meet Sophia and Yazmin. These young women have exemplified what it means to be a part of BB! ✨

We are just a week out from our COY event and there is still time to RSVP! (details below)

Also, the auction is now live! (see Tuesday's post)

RSVP for this year’s Champion of the Year event on October 22 at 5:30p @ https://www.bestbuddieschampion.org/wisconsin/individual-tickets/

Happy Monday everyone, we hope you had a wonderful weekend!Tomorrow Best Buddies WI will be holding a donation event at ...
10/12/2020

Happy Monday everyone, we hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Tomorrow Best Buddies WI will be holding a donation event at the Culver’s of New Berlin from 4-7p. This means you can get your favorite butter burger AND support a great cause! We hope to see you there! 🍔🍟

#missionmonday

Gigi’s Playhouse is a great partner of Best Buddies Wisconsin! Swipe left to see their October schedule! There have been...
10/09/2020

Gigi’s Playhouse is a great partner of Best Buddies Wisconsin! Swipe left to see their October schedule!
There have been some changes to their scheduling like:

•Virtual GiGi Kitchen is moving to Wednesday's at 4pm
•Virtual Teen Tastic is moving to Thursday's at 7pm
•Open Gym at Flips4 All is moving to Oct. 23

Don’t miss out on the fun this October 🎃

#friendshipfriday

Address

10425 W North Ave, Ste 340
Wauwatosa, WI
53226

General information

What is the Best Buddies commitment? After matches are made at the beginning of the year, each chapter member commits to the following: • Weekly contact with his/her buddy~ Such as a phone call, e-mail, written note, or lunch together in the cafeteria. • One-to-One activities twice per month~ Together, the buddy pair will decide what it is they would like to do. Some ideas include attending a school sporting event, going to the movies, joining another club at school, or just hanging out. • Attend all Chapter group activities~ With support from the advisors, peer buddies, and buddies, the entire chapter will help organize these events. Past events have included theme parties, fundraisers, scavenger hunts, and service projects.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(414) 271-1470

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Me and Bestbuddies Wisconsin Staff Members i miss all of you very much and i do love you all so much i will see you in 2021 Bestbuddies International Leadership Conference. Im in to Bestbuddies Wisconsin
Join us for the fun event to celebrate the Champions of the Year 2020!
Can anybody go to the event on September 20
My Northwestern Mutual work team walking virtually together #nmtogether
Excited it's Virtual Friendship Walk day! Celebrating buddies of all kinds today 😃 Hope you are all walking for inclusion! Maya The Therapy Mini Horse Best Buddies Friendship Walk #MyWalkForInclusion
Getting excited for the Virtual Friendship Walk Best Buddies Wisconsin!
Could someone give me the link for the photographer photos from the all-chapter dance?
A historic evening at the Oscars! #missionmondays
Looking to expand your leadership skills? Applications for the Best Buddies Young Leaders Council (YLC) are now open! The YLC is a diverse group of young leaders of all abilities who bridge the gap between the student perspective and staff experience for Best Buddies International initiatives. Click the link below to apply. Applications are due my March 1. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-Kd4G9-fAlk-bOmbH_VyPsX2VX77Tu305wX5DQ5oRBrOeMA/viewform
A historic event at the Oscars! #missionmondays
Are you a girl or woman (ages 5+) with a disability? We would love to have you participate in WI Miss Amazing! We are a non-profit organization with a mission to help girls and women with disabilities gain confidence in a supportive environment. We host an annual event that works on self advocacy, building life skills, nurturing a sisterhood, and increasing visibility in the community. Our 2020 event is on Feb 21-22, and the only cost to participate is 5 canned food items that we then donate back into the community. You can go to www.missamazing.org to find more information and register to participate!