Best Buddies

About Us

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.

Congratulations to Emily Sciortino ’16 and Kapri Walling ’13 who ran in the Best Buddies Milton 5k Gobbler 2012!! Check out their great trophy below! Also, Tufts won top fundraising chapter for this event!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities/Events

Out first event will be a Haunted House at Outside the Lines Studio at 6 PM on Friday, October 25th. Volunteers are needed all day on that Friday to help set up the studio and if you interested in being a live action monster during the Haunted House, please email us at

Hope to see you all there!

Get Involved!

To start volunteering with Best Buddies, contact us at