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NOTE: Volunteers and participants with special needs MUST register in advance before attending Friends Connect Foundation events. For a complete list of upcoming events and to register as a volunteer or participant, please click here to visit our registration database.

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Art Programs

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SOUL PAINT

This activity, designed by Peter Nicolaou, utilizes the concept of “Soul Train”, where two lines of volunteers dance and clap while participants run through the line to do a Live Paint activity. “Live Paint” allows participants to express themselves creatively by throwing, finger-painting, or brushing paint onto a large canvas that is later transformed into an image or abstract work.

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CANDLE-MAKING

At this event, you'll learn about bees and beeswax, create hand-made candles, apply hand-made decorations, form sensory balls and color candleholders!

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ARCHITECT CHALLENGE

Engineering-based activities involving resourcefulness, creativity and teamwork! Participants and their volunteer buddies work together to create original cardboard artifacts, bridges, goldiblox creations and sand castles!

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CANVAS PAINTING

This activity takes participants and their volunteer buddies through each step needed to create a beautiful canvas painting!

FITNESS

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CARDIO

This program teaches cardiovascular and agility exercises that improve balance and coordination. All exercises are modified so that individuals of all athletic abilities can participate.

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KICKBALL

This program is made possible by our wonderful volunteer Adrianna Lisotto! The program features a free kickball lesson, kickball game, music, board games, socializing and more.

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DANCE CLASSES

Our community partner Not Your Ordinary Dancers teaches hip hop and jazz dance classes specifically designed for individuals with special needs! Participants engage in stretching, across the floor techniques and learn a dance. FCF also has a dance competition team that competes in a special needs division!

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MINI GOLFING

Our community partner TST BBQ & Mini Golf donates 2 hours of free mini golfing every week each summer! Volunteer buddies guide participants in learning how to mini golf, engaging in art activities, completing puzzles, dancing to music and more.

MUSIC

A Music Social Program – No Experience Necessary!
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SING-A-LONG

Miss Kat, a licensed ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist and musician from SLP Musically, helps participants pick a song via their communication method and instructs participants on what part to sing. Usually, this is a repetitive line in a song. When it is not your turn, you can sing, dance, or play your instrument all you want!

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DRUM CIRCLE

Our drum circle event is lead by our wonderful community partner Antinanco Earth Arts School. It provides participants and volunteers with opportunities to experiment with sound, play different instruments, explore their ``power animal``, and sing!

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Friends Connect Foundation believes that people of all abilities are able to give back the community. This program assists our fellow nonprofits and local businesses through different service projects. These service projects include:
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PIECE WORK

Participants go through a series of stations with visual prompts to fill containers such as goodie bags.

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EXPRESSION SERVICE PROJECTS

Volunteers and participants create artwork that are donated to local nonprofits and businesses. We may also plan excursions to facilities to create wall murals.

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FRIENDS CONNECT ON THE ROAD

This program allows for participants and volunteers to attend local nonprofit service-based events as the Friends Connect Foundation team. Although we do not host these events, our event coordinators, staff, and volunteers attend to support and organize our team. These projects include Beach Sweeps.

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SOCIAL EVENTS

These programs aim to assist participants with communicating and interacting with their neurotypical peers through various activities. These activities include:
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COOKING

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ARCADE DAY

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GIRLS NIGHT OUT

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GUYS NIGHT OUT

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Thank You to all our Program Partners and Sponsors who Make These Events Possible!

StoneFitt Performance

Kevin and the staff at StoneFitt Performance are fitness experts and performance coaches who donate 90 minute cardio and agility workouts designed for our participants with special needs! […]

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SLP Musically, Miss Kat

Miss Kat is an ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist who donates free Sing-A-Long classes! […]

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Antinanco Earth Arts School

Donates activity materials and program instructors to provide 4 free nature-oriented programs. […]

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Middletown Township Public Library

Donates their venue for events! Donates program-related materials! […]

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Not Your Ordinary Dancers

Donates free 1-hour hip hop and jazz dance classes on a weekly and monthly basis! […]

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TST BBQ & Mini Golf

Donates free 2-hour sessions of mini golfing on a weekly basis! […]

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