perceptions of this organization because it is working alongside adults with
intellectual and developmental disabilities for their benefit. Not everyone is
going to be accepting of that. Because this is more of a unique demographic,
people need to be shown a little more why they care and how it can benefit
them for them to want to get involved.
This organization that has a unique purpose that can be used to its
advantage. We, as an organization, are here to serve the people. Best Buddies
is here to serve people. Best Buddies is here to serve a demographic that is
mostly forgotten and untouched. That means we have an opportunity to make
a lasting impact for years to come- and that is HUGE. The overall mission of
Best Buddies is to “establish a global volunteer movement that creates
opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and
leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities.” What makes Best Buddies so unique is that it specifically
targets middle schools, high schools, and college campuses to be able to offer
these services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
without separating them from the rest of the community and society.
Organizations like Best Buddies also focus on the long-term impact on the
individual instead of short term solutions.
The external environment for organizations like Best Buddies is
complicated. There are several organizations within the area such as
Bethesda Lutheran Communities, ARC, Home Instead, and others that offer
services to those with disabilities. Support comes from local hospitals,