Best Buddies

About Us

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We are the Tufts chapter of Best Buddies, an international non-profit organization committed to helping individuals with special needs.  Best Buddies is dedicated to establishing 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).

Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide.  Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world.  Best Buddies’ seven formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies, Jobs and Ambassadors – positively impact nearly 700,000 individuals with and without disabilities worldwide.  Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute, at no cost to their communities, support services that equate to more than $155.2 million USD.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities/Events

Our first event will be a Haunted House at Outside the Lines Studio (70 Colby Street, Medford) on Saturday, October 25th from 6 to 10 pm! Volunteers are needed to help make the night a success:

– Thursday, October 9th and Thursday, October 23rd ~ 4:00-7:30pm: volunteer artists needed to help make monsters and scary set designs

– Saturday, October 25th ~ 5:30-10:00pm: volunteer actors needed to scare the guests

If you’re able to help out at all, please email us at, or come visit the Haunted House with your friends!


Get Involved!

To start volunteering with Best Buddies, contact co-presidents Emily McDowell and TJ Muzzonigro at

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