Millbury Best Buddies

Millbury Best Buddies                                                                                                                                                                        2018-19 Officers

President - Keegan Gleason

Vice President - Madison LeClaire

What is Best Buddies?

We are 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).  School chapters help to form friendships and provide social interaction for students with IDD.

Membership expectations

  • Regular attendance - cannot miss more than one meeting per term to remain an active member.

  • Register with Best Buddies online (see instructions below).

  • Actively participate in hangout activities and interact with buddies.

  • Participate in fundraising activities.


Bestbuddiesonline.org -  Every member needs to register with Best Buddies online. 

  • Under 'Membership Application', click on 'high school'
  • Choose either 'new member' or 'returning member'
    •    If you are a returning member you will need your log in from last year.  If you don't remember try the 'forgot username/password' option.  If that does not work, see Ms. Flaherty, she can look up your information.

Peer Buddy Requirements

  • Make contact with your buddy at least once a week.

  • Have at least two one-to-one outings a month. A hangout can count for one.

  • Be a contributing member of the chapter by consistently attending chapter meetings and activities.







Fundraising/Activities/Advertising - if you are interested in helping with any of these jobs, click here.  We will try to meet once every two weeks during CDS.  For more information, see Ms. Flaherty or Keegan.

We will be needing people to help plan the homecoming dance and the talent show!

We're looking forward to a great year with Best Buddies!



Open Positions


Who can be a chapter officer?

To be eligible to be an officer of a school friendship chapter, you must:

  • Be an approved member of a Best Buddies chapter

  • Be in good standing with the school or agency administration

  • Be matched in a one-to-one friendship



Secretary

The secretary ensures all members participate fully and is responsible for monitoring the one-to-one friendships through the monthly friendship updates on BBO.  Members interested in being the secretary should be highly organized and willing to hold all chapter members accountable and support their friendships.

A secretary’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare the chapter roster and update as needed on BBO and share with the FA and HSC/SEA.

  • Maintain regular communication with HSC/SEA to monitor matches’ progress.

  • Help matches resolve problems with assistance from CP and HSC/SEA as necessary.

  • Enter membership applications into BBO for those members who may not have computer access.

  • Assist with forms/resources on BBO: chapter roster, friendship updates, chapter acts reports, mid year report, and end year report.

  • Keep attendance at all officer/chapter meetings and group activities. Record the minutes at all meetings and write brief descriptions of all group activities.


Treasurer

The treasurer of a chapter prepares the chapter budget and works with the chapter officers to monitor financial resources.  Members interested in being the treasurer should be detail oriented and capable of overseeing the chapter bank account.

A treasurer’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Working to raise a minimum of $350 for chapter dues

  • Working with the CP and advisors to prepare the chapter’s financial reports and chapter budget

  • Keeping financial records in accordance with school policies and procedures

  • Meeting with the VP to ensure chapter activities are funded, and if applicable, assisting the VP in appointing a fundraising committee

  • Working with the VP to manage chapter fundraising activities, including the sale of Best Buddies merchandise

  • Attending all treasury meetings required by the school administration


Marketing/Membership coordinator

Assist chapter leadership in advertising events to the chapter and the school, and help to recruit new members.

  • Create and hang fliers for chapter recruitment and speak in classes to gather interest in chapter.

  • Work with chapter leadership to initiate joint events with other clubs.

  • Help generate ideas to promote the group and its message to the larger school community.


Fundraising coordinator

Work with chapter leadership and fundraising committee to plan and execute fundraising events.

  • With fundraising committee generate ideas for possible fundraisers

  • Coordinate fundraising committee in planning and executing all fundraising actitivities.

  • Work with Event coordinator to plan events that overlap with fundraising.


Event coordinator

Responsible for planning and implementing chapter events; tasks include working closely with vice president and chapter members/event committee to secure space, solicit donations as needed, advertise/promote event and close event as needed.

  • Work with vice president/chapter members/event committee to determine upcoming chapter events.

  • Secure space from campus/community.

  • Coordinate event committee in promoting and advertising upcoming events, including but not limited to contacting  members and parents, posting events on social media networks, creating fliers and coordinating information for the Woolie News.

  • Solicit donations from needed vendors: food, space, music, etc.



Friendship update coordinator

Assist chapter leadership in facilitating monthly friendship updates with members through phone, e-mail and on-campus follow-up.  This position is best utilized in large chapters to assist the secretary with managing and supporting a large number of friendships.

  • Maintain monthly contact with buddy pairs to ensure friendship updates have been submitted.

  • Work with chapter leaders to review friendship updates and post to BBO portal by the 5th of each month.

  • Establish meeting times with chapter buddy pairs to discuss friendship as needed.


Social media coordinator

Oversees the day-to-day execution of social media campaigns; tasks include daily maintenance, community engagement/conversation, and monitoring of chapter’s social media online presence.

  • Help launch and manage social media presences for chapter on Facebook, Twitter, and other relevant social media/collaboration sites.

  • Research and identify bloggers (chapter officers, buddy pairs, etc.) and develop schedule for posting updates on sites.

  • Maintain active Facebook profile and Twitter feed, encouraging all chapter members to “like” and “follow” on these sites.

  • Get connected to the local Best Buddies office and Best Buddies International’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.



If you are interested in getting a Best Buddies t-shirt (or any other accessory), click on the link above and find what you want.  T-shirts start at $10.  


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