Message from our State Director
Best Buddies Massachusetts began 2014 with several major goals in mind, including expanding our Jobs and Friendship programs to central Massachusetts. As private and state revenue increased in 2014, we were able to hire new staff to oversee expansion throughout the commonwealth. Additionally, we wanted to increase our presence in schools within the city of Boston. With support from the school district, we opened three new chapters in this area in 2014. As my responsibilities increased with the Best Buddies Challenge in 2014, I identified the need for additional operational support. We created a new position and brought on a Best Buddies veteran, in late spring, as our director of operations. Heading into 2015, we are poised to fulfill our goals of expanding our success with Best Buddies Jobs beyond the greater Boston region, continuing to engage new communities with our Friendship programs, and increasing revenue through relationships with new employer partners, foundations, individuals, and through our signature special events.
Diligent work by our tireless programs teams brought about more opportunities for expansion in 2014. The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, pleased with our work in greater Boston, offered us a contract in the city of Worcester, which will help us bring integrated employment services to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in that area. We have had a long wait list of individuals who have been interested in our services for years. We have established several relationships with new foundations which will increase our capacity in central Massachusetts, as well. Our team includes veteran Best Buddies staffers who manage relationships statewide with grace, and sheer determination. It is these relationships, along with the exceptional dedication of thousands of volunteers, which enabled Best Buddies Massachusetts to reach our goals in 2014.
In 2015, we expect to serve 100 individuals with IDD through Best Buddies Jobs statewide, and oversee 120 chapters at middle schools, high schools, and colleges throughout the Commonwealth. Our advisory board members are ready to help us implement the expansion projects that began in 2014 by helping to identify new employer partners outside the Boston area. By adding new staff positions to both our Friendship and Jobs teams, as well as adding infrastructure by bringing on a director of operations, we have increased our capacity to deliver the highest quality of services statewide.