Parent Organization: Student Affairs and Campus Life

Our Mission
To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Our Vision 
To create long lasting friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities and to promote inclusion in all aspects of life!

 Individuals (college students) have a choice to get paired with someone with an intellectual disability and create a friendship, this is called being a "College Buddy".  The process of becoming a college buddy requires an interview at the beginning of the academic year. You can also join as an "Associate Member" which means you are invited to all the events and encouraged to hang out with any buddy pair as you choose, or all of the buddy pairs!, but you are not matched with one specific person with an intellectual disability. College Buddy pairs should be in contact on a weekly basis, hang out every 1 or 2 weeks (twice a month) including at every event.  To become a member you must submit a membership application (a link to which will be sent to you when you email to join) and we enourage you to join our Facebook page for more frequent updates. 

We have at least one event per month and sometimes a chapter meeting a month as well.  Members are notified about events and meeting on both the Facebook page and email. 

If you are considering joining for the 2016-2017 year as a member, please email us at umassamherstbestbuddies@gmail.com! We look forward to hearing from you! 

Meeting Location, Day, and Time

We have events once or twice a month and they will range in location and time. Members will be given notice via email at least a week or 2 in advance about events and meetings. If you think you're on the email list but have not been receiving emails from us at umassamherstbestbuddies@gmail.com, please send us one letting us know!

Hours of Operation/Office Hours

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Charter Date


SA&I/SGA Organization Classification (Council)

Service & Engagement Council

Address 308 Student Union Building
41 Campus Center Way 314 Student Union RSO Box 38
Amherst, MA 01003