United Church of Sebastian is happy to present the                        Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break program!

 

2017 Dates and Times:

Saturday, January 7, 2017  10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Saturday, February 4, 2017  10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Saturday, March 4, 2017  10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Saturday, April 1, 2017  10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Saturday, May 6, 2017  10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

June - No Buddy Break

Saturday, July 1, 2017  10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Saturday, August 5, 2017  10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Saturday, September 9, 2017  10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Saturday, October 7, 2017  10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Saturday, November 4, 2017  10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Saturday, December 2, 2017  10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

 

What is Buddy Break?

Buddy Break is a free kids/respite program where children with special needs (VIP kids) make new friends, play fun games, enjoy crafts, therapy dogs, stories, music activities, and more! Siblings have fun, too! Meanwhile, their caregivers get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours. Buddy Break is open to church members and non-church members with VIP kids.

 

Each VIP kid is paired one-on-one with a screened volunteer “Buddy” to participate in that day’s activities.

 

Who are VIP kids?

VIPs are kids with special needs, which include any physical, cognitive, medical or hidden disability, chronic or life-threatening illness, or those who are medically fragile.

 

Who are Buddies?

Buddies are friends of VIPs.

 

How do I sign up as a VIP?

United Church of Sebastian provides Buddy Break for VIP children birth ages: 2-16 years old, and their siblings: 4 years old to 5th grade.

To sign up for the program as a VIP:

  1. Go to www.BuddyBreak.org and click on the "Register for Buddy Break" link to complete the secure online VIP Family Information Form. If you have any siblings that you’d like to have attend Buddy Break, fill out the Sibling form too.
  2. Contact us to reserve your space at a required VIP orientation. (Contact information is below.) This allows us to meet you and your children and gives you a chance to see Buddy Break before you begin participating.
  3. Prior to orientation, print and complete the following two forms.  PLEASE NOTE that you need to complete one form FOR EACH VIP and Sibling attending Buddy Break. We will have a notary at orientation to notarize them for you.

Authorization/Release Form
Buddy Break Authorization and Release Fo[...] 
Adobe Acrobat document [182.6 KB]

Declaration of Consent Form
Buddy Break Declaration-of-Consent.pdf 
Adobe Acrobat document [220.8 KB]

 

To make a reservation for our upcoming Buddy Break as a VIP:

Email BuddyBreak@unitedchurchofsebastian.org or call United Church of Sebastian at (772) 388-0461.

 

How do I sign up to be a Buddy?

No previous experience with VIP kids is necessary to be a Buddy, just a loving heart, open arms, and a willingness to learn. You must be at least 14 years of age and you will be trained through a two-hour Buddy Training 101 class. You also agree to have a background check run on your information.

To sign up for the program as a Buddy:

  1. Go to www.BuddyBreak.org and click on the "Register for Buddy Break" link to complete the secure online Buddy Form.
  2. Contact us to schedule a visit or reserve your space at a mandatory Buddy Training 101 class. (Contact information is below.)

To make a reservation for our upcoming Buddy Break as a Buddy:

Email BuddyBreak@unitedchurchofsebastian.org or call United Church of Sebastian at (772) 388-0461.

 

Contact Information:

Caroline Maschhoff, Buddy Break Coordinator

(772) 643-3876

BuddyBreak@unitedchurchofsebastian.org

 

 

To find other upcoming Buddy Break dates and locations, contact Nathaniel’s Hope at (407) 857-8224.