July– November 2019 (Multiple opportunities available!)
Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills and feel valued by society. In Indiana we have over 100 chapters that build one-to-one friendships, pairing a person with IDD with a person who does not have a disability, and promoting leadership development – ranging from elementary school age through adults. Another program provides opportunities for inclusive employment for people with IDD.
Submit signed nomination acceptance form by 7/31/19
Attend group candidate training/strategy planning session 8/22/19
Attend Kick-Off Party & photo shoot 9/12/19
Conduct fundraising and awareness campaign 9/12 – 11/9
Attend Best Buddies Champion of the Year Gala 11/9/19
Each Champion of the Year candidate will be paired with a campaign manager, and is encouraged to assemble a team to support their efforts. During the 8-week period of September 12 thru November 9, candidates will compete by raising funds in any and every way they wish to further Best Buddies programs for Inclusion in Indiana. Some opportunities to raise funds are provided, such as procuring sponsorships, table sponsors, and gala ticket and ad sales, or simply sending letters from the event website. Other fundraising is up to your own creativity, and Best Buddies can assist with publicity and promotion efforts. Fundraising continues through the night of our annual Gala, where the competitors are recognized and the ultimate Champion of the Year is announced!
To learn more or submit someone to be Champion of the Year, email or call Marcia Clutter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-436-8440.
About Best Buddies of Indiana
Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies International if a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down Syndrome, autism, fragile X syndrome, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and other undiagnosed disabilities.