Sherry Ashery of Guilderland, recently nominated, and succeeded in getting, the local Friendship Circle a $10,400 donation from the 100 Women Who Care Alliance of Albany, an organization of women who share a common desire to give back to the local community. Ashery, a member of the group, explained that individually, each woman commits to donate $100 per quarter ($400 annually). The Circle is a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to families of individuals with special needs.
The Friendship Circle is made up of five components: volunteers, children, parents, staff, and supporters, according to Ashery.
Chaya Rubin, director of The Capital Region Friendship Circle, explained that the Circle brings together teens from the community to volunteer on a regular basis and befriend a child with special needs. “The children benefit from an evening of recreational interaction at various programs including the group’s Sunday Circle or Friends at Home and the teen volunteers learn sensitivity, assume responsibility, and recognize that they too can make a contribution to a better society. Caregivers too, benefit from the teen volunteer’s aid,” she said.
The Circle plans on using the donation for more programming, Sunday Circle, advertising, and camp, according to Ashery.