Special Friends - Keely Bauerly

I volunteer in a program called Special Friends at the Children’s Home. I started this program in early October, so I’ve only been going for a few weeks so far. The objective of this is to go every Wednesday and be a friend to someone. I can tell every time I go there it betters my friend’s day and my own. It’s a really opportunity to hear people's stories and their struggles and see them start to overcome their challenges. I was connected to this program through a religion class, a man Gabin sent us applications and before I knew it I was connected with the program. I’ve only been in it for a few weeks and I will participate in it for an hour every Wednesday until April. This program is fantastic because it gives you an opportunity to meet new people and make friends. This is one way I outreach to my community.

Special friends is a way to learn about some of the struggles that people are having in our community and being able to do fun activities with them and being there for them. Special friends doesn’t really feel like you’re doing service work, it’s really just getting to know someone and forming a special friendship with them.

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