Our Long Beach, California office participated in the Best Buddies International Annual Friendship Walk earlier this year. Best Buddies International creates opportunities for community, mentorship, integrated employment, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, along with additional undiagnosed disabilities.
This year’s Friendship Walk cumulatively raised over $90,000 and had over 800 participants. Peter Shimer, a Project Geologist from our Long Beach office, volunteered with Best Buddies while in college and was able to see first-hand how impactful their programs are. Peter shared, “The student who I was paired with gave some remarks to kick off the event, so that was pretty cool to see him and get the chance to introduce everyone from work to this great organization.”
To learn more about Best Buddies International, please click here.