Best Friends, Inc.Alternate Name / Acronym
A Children's Friendship NetworkOptions: 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 â€œSafe and Secure with Friends,â€ 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 corporationFunding Sources
Foundation, corporate, civic, and individual contributors.
|Name*||Title/Description (Executive Director, Vice President, etc.)||Phone Number 1||Phone Number 2||Fax Number||Email Address|
|Jan Clarke||Founder & Executive Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Myla Bonto||Program Directoremail@example.com|
Contact InformationContact Person(s)
|Name*||Title/Description (Intake Specialist, Secretary, etc.)||Phone Number 1||Phone Number 2||Fax Number||Email Address|
|Myla Bonto||Program Director||7246830348|
|Number*||Title / Description (Telephone, Toll free, Fax, etc.)|
|Email*||Title / Description (Director, General, Intake, etc.)|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Main Best Friends E-mail|
|Website*||Title / Description (National, Local office, etc.)|
|www.bestfriendsinc.org||Best Friends Website|
Best Friends, Inc.Address:
Beaver County Airport Terminal, Ste. 3
15 Piper St.
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Beaver County and neighboring parts of Lawrence, Allegheny, and Butler CountiesServices ProvidedService 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.
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 familiesHow to Access Services or Schedule Appointments
Please call the office and leave a message to request program information. Thank you.Handicap Accessibility
YesLanguages Spoken or Available
English, Greek, FrenchSpeaker Available
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.