Message from our State Director
The job we do every day at Best Buddies isn’t about the work. It’s about the stories. Positively impacting the lives of Iowans with IDD and our network of volunteers who make it happen. Everyone has their own story to tell. Some are sad, some are happy, but all of them are about being a part of something bigger than ourselves.
My story is not unique to people who have a relative with IDD. I was about 9 years old when I realized my Uncle David wasn’t like everyone else. He had Down Syndrome and relied on a network of state services and family members to provide him the opportunities he deserved. He passed away in 2012 but had a profound impact on the people he met during his time here. One thing I will never forget about him is he loved country music records. Only the classics though. He admired Johnny Cash so much that we sang some classic Johnny Cash songs at his funeral in lieu of more traditional “funeral’ songs. He would have wanted it that way.
Allot has changed in this country for people with IDD in the last 50 years, but there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done. There are many ways to have a positive impact in the lives of Iowans with IDD through the Best Buddies program:
- Join the Friendship Walk
- Consider a position on our Advisory Board
- Assist with a corporate donation
- Be a Buddy
- Employ an individual with IDD at you place of business