Editor’s note: This feature is part of an ongoing series that highlights nonprofit organizations serving the Mercer Island community.
What is the mission of your organization? The Friendship Circle’s mission is to bridge the gap between special needs and typical youth through shared experience, empower special needs youth with the skills they need to live a productive and independent adult life, give parents and family’s much-needed respite, and nurture a sense of awareness and communal responsibility in our teens.
How many people does your organization help? Currently, the Friendship Circle serves over 134 families, and that number is continually growing. Over the years, we have serviced a total of 572 children and families, impacting the community with 34,464 service hours with the help of our 831 volunteers.
What is your greatest need? Volunteers and supporters. The Friendship Circle has grown a great deal in the last few years, with this increase of those needing assistance, we could use more people who would like to make a difference in the lives of these families. This would also allow us to expand our programs.
How can the community help your organization? We are thankful to have a great backing of community support. They can continue to help by getting involved, spreading the word and donating to our organization.
Is there anything else you would like to add? The Friendship Circle has a variety of annual events with information on our website (www.friendshipcirclewa.org) and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/friendshipcircle.washington).
What is the best way for the community to contact you?
1. Call: 206-FRIENDS (374-3637)
2. Visit the Friendship Circle Office: 2737 77th Ave. SE Suite 101, Mercer Island
3. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org