Be a friend at Buddy Break

Buddy Break is a free program that gives kids with special needs (VIP kids) an outlet to have fun while giving their caregivers a three-hour break. VIP kids and their siblings enjoy crafts, games, therapy dogs, music activities and more while they connect with new friends. And parents get peace of mind knowing each VIP kid is paired with a trained volunteer “Buddy” who will guide them through the day’s activities.

VIP kids are kids ages 2-18 with special needs, which can include any physical, cognitive, medical or hidden disability, chronic or life-threatening illness, or those who are medically fragile. Their siblings ages 2-12 can also join the Buddy Break program.

To sign up as a VIP family, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Buddy Break website here and complete the secure VIP Family Information Form. If your VIP kid’s siblings plan to join Buddy Break, please fill out the sibling form, too.
  • Contact us at buddybreak@fpcmarietta.org or call 678-741-8555 to reserve your space at a required VIP orientation. We’ll take this time to show you how Buddy Break works and get to know you and your family.
  • Once you’ve attended orientation, use that same contact information to pre-register for any upcoming Buddy Breaks. Space is limited, so register as early as possible.

Anyone 14 years of age or older with a loving heart, open arms and willingness to learn can become a Buddy. Before you join, you’ll need to complete a background check, a one-hour online child safety training class and a two-hour Buddy Training 101 class.

To sign up as a Buddy, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Buddy Break website here and complete the secure Buddy Form.
  • Contact us at buddybreak@fpcmarietta.org or call 678-741-8555 to begin the training process.
  • Once you’ve completed all the training, use that same contact information to reserve your spot at upcoming Buddy Breaks.
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