Friendship is an important part of a child’s social‐emotional development. From our friends we learn to share, to listen and to express our feelings. But most importantly our friends give us a sense of belonging. Read up on some amazing friendships that have been developed through The Friendship Foundation and by the support of the SKECHERS Friendship Walk.
PHOTO CREDITS: Lauren Pressey Photography
I started volunteering with the Friendship Foundation because a close friend of my family had autism. His twin brother brought my older brother and I to our first event when I was 8 years old. I have been a part of this wonderful program for ten years and so thankful for all of the friendships I have made along the way. My favorite program at Friendship Foundation is Friendship Camp. During this weeklong event, I have seen campers and volunteers run, dance, create, laugh, and play to their hearts content. In just a week, these campers and their volunteer buddies form genuine bonds that not only keep the campers coming back but also the volunteers. The bonds that I have formed through my time volunteering have been unlike any other friendships I have. I met Hunter a few years back when I was paired with her during Friendship Foundation’s Beach Camp. She was lounging in the sand with her super cool sunglasses and hat, ready for a great day. I remember when I approached her she grabbed my hand, looked me in the eye, and gave me the biggest happiest smile I had ever seen! I knew we would get along well when she started singing me some of the most iconic sing along songs! It is amazing to have someone in my life who is filled with so much love and happiness. It makes me feel so lucky to be a part of a program that brings out the best in everyone and fosters such a supportive environment. Friendship Foundation has always been a second family to me. The bonds that I have formed through my time volunteering have been unlike any other friendships I have. - Rachel
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