Best Friends, Inc.

Alternate Name / Acronym

A Children's Friendship Network

Options: Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization

Best Friends, Inc. facilitates friendships between young people with disabilities and their non-disabled peers to promote inclusion for every person, every day. Current programs include “Safe and Secure with Friends,” a program for socialization and safety; teens and young adults learn how to stay safe both online and in public places. Best Friends also hosts monthly social events and quarterly family/community events.

Best Friends is celebrating 26 years of creating genuine friendships. Activities welcome young people of all abilities. Transition services and individual and family counseling and support are available. No membership fee is required but donations are greatly appreciated. Visit our website for additional information. Call or email to reserve your spot today because no one should grow up without a friend.

History of Organization:

Best Friends was founded in 1993 and was incorporated in Beaver County in 1995. It has continuously served the community since then.

Options: Accreditations and Licenses

Registered with the Pa. Bureau of Charitable Organizations, Certificate 13177.

Legal Structure

Non-profit corporation

Funding Sources

Foundation, corporate, civic, and individual contributors.


Key Leaders

Name* Title/Description (Executive Director, Vice President, etc.) Phone Number 1 Phone Number 2 Fax Number Email Address
Jan Clarke Founder & Executive Director 724-847-3320
Myla Bonto Program Director 724-847-3320

Contact Information

Contact Person(s)

Name* Title/Description (Intake Specialist, Secretary, etc.) Phone Number 1 Phone Number 2 Fax Number Email Address
Jan Clarke
Myla Bonto Program Director 7246830348

Contact Phone Numbers

Number* Title / Description (Telephone, Toll free, Fax, etc.)
724-622-0327 cell phone

Contact Emails

Email* Title / Description (Director, General, Intake, etc.) Main Best Friends E-mail

Web Addresses

Website* Title / Description (National, Local office, etc.) Best Friends Website

Primary Address

Title/Description (Corporate office, Headquarters, etc.)

Best Friends, Inc.


Beaver County Airport Terminal, Ste. 3
15 Piper St.
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
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Service Area

Beaver County and neighboring parts of Lawrence, Allegheny, and Butler Counties

Services Provided

Service Description

  • The mission of Best Friends is to promote friendships between children with disabilities and their non-disabled peers to facilitate their more active participation and inclusion in the life of the community. Services and programs include: a friendship network for children, Parent Resource Collaborative, family support and resources, and an activity center located in the Beaver Valley Mall that serves children with and without disabilities.

Available Hours

Programs vary. Generally held after school hours.

Fees/Cost for Services

Usually no fees.

Eligibility Requirements

Children, teenagers, and young adults (age 3 to age 29) and their families

How to Access Services or Schedule Appointments

Please call the office and leave a message to request program information. Thank you.

Handicap Accessibility


Languages Spoken or Available

English, Greek, French

Speaker Available


Volunteer Use


Volunteer Need


Volunteer Description

Senior high school projects and college internships available. Board and committee members. Volunteers to present workshops (art, food, safety, etc.).
Please call for other volunteer needs.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

We are grateful to our many partners who provide financial and operational support.