What is Best Buddies Month?
Best Buddies Month is a time for Best Buddies participants to reflect on the importance of friendship, jobs, the development of future leaders, and inclusive living. Above all, it is a time to show the world how essential inclusion is to every individual with or without intellectual or developmental disabilities.
What began in 1993 as a one-day event has become a month-long celebration of the Best Buddies mission. Furthermore, 2019 marks our 30th Anniversary, and we want you to celebrate the impact our programs have had on your life.
In addition to all the fun and exciting activities your chapter has planned, we’re asking you to celebrate Best Buddies Month by doing one, or all, of the following:
1) Sign up for the Best Buddies Friendship Walk during Best Buddies Month to help create communities of inclusion
Over the years, our walks have made a profound impact in communities nationwide, especially for individuals with IDD. Every Best Buddies Friendship Walk promotes an atmosphere for new friendships, promises opportunities, and most of all, inclusion for all people. This is where you can make a difference! You can make new friends, and promote community inclusion simply by participating in this year’s Best Buddies Friendship Walk.
Sign up for a Best Buddies Friendship Walk during Best Buddies Month!Find a Walk Near Me
2) Share your friendship “Buddy-versary”
Whether you’ve been matched for a few months, or 10 years, we want you to celebrate being a part of our programs during Best Buddies Month. Share a photo of you and your buddy holding up a sign with the time you’ve been friends. Every friendship counts!
Tag us in our photos on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram with #BestBuddiesMonth for a chance to be featured. Specifically, we’re looking for photos of you and your buddy having fun doing your favorite activities!
3) Wear your Best Buddies gear with pride
What better way to display the power of our mission than by wearing your Haring tee? It’s a conversation starter, and one of our biggest creators of awareness, besides you. Don’t have Best Buddies gear? Visit the Best Buddies Shop at shop.bestbuddies.org.Shop now at Best Buddies
4) Take the Spread the Word: Inclusion #PledgeToInclude during Best Buddies Month and promote respectful language for everyone.
The annual day of awareness is held on the first Wednesday of March. Be a teammate. Be a friend. Welcome someone who has been left out. Sit next to someone alone at lunch. Say hello to someone in the hallway. There are so many ways to spread inclusion. Choose yours. Furthermore, you’ll make inclusion a reality for all people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.Make a pledge