We Envision a World Where Friendship and Recreational Activities are Accessible to All

Friends Connect Foundation provides social opportunities designed for individuals with special needs. Our age-appropriate programs assist participants in forming new friendships, improving their self-esteem and increasing their sense of belonging in the community.

Our Programs

Our age-appropriate programs include meaningful and enjoyable activities such as dance lessons, art classes, gardening, drum circle, cooking, field days, ice skating, robotics, board games and more

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    Fitness

    • Yoga
    • Dance Classes
    • Cardio-Based Field Activities
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    Community Service

    • Production-Line-Style Piece Work
    • Donating Artwork
    • Volunteering at Community Events
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    Social

    • Sensory-Friendly Parties
    • Robotics
    • Gardening
    • Board Games
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    Self-Expression

    • Soul Paint
    • Candle-Making
    • Canvas Painting
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    Music

    • Drum Circle
    • Dance Classes

NOTE: The Facebook feed above includes only several of our upcoming events. Volunteers and participants with special needs MUST register in advance before attending Friends Connect Foundation events. To register as a volunteer or participant, please click the button to the right.

Recent Media Coverage

Synchesis Interview with Friends Connect Foundation: “The World Needs More Excitement”

“Everybody goes through periods of loneliness or bullying… and my personal mission is to make sure everyone feels like they have a place, that they’re included. Whether or not you have a disability, everyone should feel like they’re a part of something.” […]

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Friends Connect Foundation: Sophia Ziajski is a Middletown Community Builder

19 year old Sophia Ziaski is creating joy for so many local teens and young adults, with the non-profit, Friends Connect Foundation (FCF) […]

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Middletown North boys soccer team plays mini-golf with special needs kids

Members of the Middletown North boys varsity soccer team play mini-golf with the Friends Connect Foundation, a nonprofit run by Sophia Ziajski, 19, of Middletown, at TST BBQ & Mini Golf in Middletown […]

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NJ mini golf donates free fun for special needs kids every week

Finding things to do with kids who have autism or any other disability is often hard because of the looks, comments or sometimes outright hostility you get. So when a place out of the kindness of their heart sets aside a special time for families just like yours it needs to be commended and shared. […]

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Middletown teen establishes nonprofit Friends Connect Foundation

At 16, Sophia Ziajski had an idea. At 17, she founded an organization. Sophia is the founder of Friends Connect Foundation, an organization that provides friendship opportunities for individuals with special needs. […]

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Connecting Friends with Friends

A simple request from a friend transitioned into the inspiration to create a nonprofit the “Friends Connect Foundation”. […]

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Middletown teen’s group builds friendships for special needs kids

Last month, a new nonprofit organization was publicly introduced, hoping to fill the gaps in resources and services that may be inaccessible or inadequate for Monmouth County teens with special needs. […]

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Middletown Teen Saw Isolated Special-Needs Peers — and did Something About it

Filling a void for desperate families, 17-year-old Sophia Ziajski founded a nonprofit to foster friendships. […]

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Sophia Ziajski Helps Friends Connect

Typical teens make their social connections on Instagram or Snapchat. But Middletown resident Sophia Ziajski is nowhere near typical. At just 17, she founded the Friends Connect Foundation […]

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Be an Agent of Change

When Sophia learned that there were not enough activities for older special needs children, she set about a course of action to correct it. […]

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FCF on Front Page of Asbury Park Press Paper

FRESH off the press is our Founder, Sophia Ziajski, and her long-time friend and FCF participant Michael Frunzi on the FRONT page of today’s edition of The Asbury Park Press ! Check out our article by searching “special needs” at APP.com or clicking the link below! It’s a great read! https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.app.com/amp/870753002 […]

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What We’ve Been Up To!

Welcome to Friends Connect Foundation a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation (NP) ! We’re so glad that you’ve come to learn more about our organization. Here’s the inside scoop on what we’ve been up to: – In April, our organization formed as an official business entity! Our organization’s name was approved ad Friends Connect Foundation a […]

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