Something For Everyone

We offer a variety of programs and events for all ages! To get started,

  1. Take a look below to find the right opportunities for your family and friends.
  2. Contact Devorah@FriendshipCircleSD.org with any questions you may have.
  3. If you are a new member or volunteer, please fill out the appropriate application first: NEW FAMILY / NEW VOLUNTEER
  4. Then you can start signing up for your program (or programs) of choice here: REGISTER

Monthly Programs for Youth & Teens

Shooting Stars Performing Arts

This program has been successfully running for over 5 years providing a creative outlet for dance, music & art.

Teen Leadership Board

A monthly event planning club for teen leaders looking to create their own event, program or legacy in the community to benefit individuals with special needs. This elite group of teens are the lead volunteers at any event and often go on to win awards and scholarships for their projects.

Yoga Circle

Relax, stretch, & gain skills together with friends & volunteers under the direction of a certified instructor. Yoga mats provided!

Volunteer Training & Awareness Workshops

Schedule or attend a volunteer training & awareness workshop to learn more about what we do, how best to work with our participants and get to know other volunteers! It’s free to attend or to have us come to you, plus you get community service hours while you learn. Workshops last up to an hour and we can accommodate any number of students! Contact Devorah to schedule a free workshop for your school, organization or company.

Gymnastics

Our bounciest addition to monthly programming!  Participants are led by instructors at a gymnastics facility to work on confidence, strength, & balance.

Summer Camp

Camp Let Loose

This 1-week summer program was completely conceived of and initiated by teen volunteers. Campers and counselors are paired one-on-one for the entire week of fun! Our campers go on field trips, enjoy classes taught by expert instructors, learn new skills and most importantly – make new friends! For our higher functioning teen friends we offer Junior Counselor programs to fit everyone’s needs. Contact us for more details.

Adult Programs

Men's Club

A monthly bowling league for friends to get together, have a meal, play ball and talk about life! Led by Rabbi Shuie and followed by an end of the year BBQ!

Women's Circle

Women’s Circle provides a social opportunity while we work on healthy lifestyles, staying active with dance classes, cooking healthy meals and having fun with DIY crafts. Held at a private residence, we also often go to the salon to get our nails done!

Dan’s Place Kosher Restaurant

Vocational training for adults participants to learn work skills, discipline, and time management with emphasis on customer service and people skills.

Family Outings

Shows & Entertainment

Friendship Circle receives donated opportunities to share with our members such as tickets to J*Company’s youth theater musicals, Padres games, Legoland, Marvel Universe Live and much more! Being a part of FC gives you access to these amazing events for you and your family.

Trips around San Diego

We love to get out and explore our beautiful city! Come with us as we take a trolley to Seaport Village, have a picnic at the park, take a hike, or go to the Del Mar Fair!

Community Events

There is always something going on and you are invited! We keep you up to date on community wide events where our participants are accepted and welcomed with open arms. We make sure to be on site and to work with the coordinators to make sure the event is comfortable and suitable for our participants.

Holiday Celebrations

Friendship Circle loves to celebrate! Join us for incredible and affordable Jewish holiday festivities! Get your costume ready for Purim, eat delicious donuts & latkes at Chanukah, enjoy a model seder Pesach and much more!

We offer a large community celebration for all major holidays as well as adult celebrations for those interested in diving a little deeper into tradition.

All religious backgrounds are welcome to attend! The awesome games, food and entertainment provided are meant to accommodate all levels and ages.

Special Events & Programs

Appreciation Event

Every year we host a dinner and showcase celebration in honor of our volunteers, families and supporters. Have fun with us and watch the show while eating a yummy meal and seeing your friends!

 

Friendship Walk

Our biggest event of the year! Walk with us to support our programs and raise awareness for individuals with special needs. Enjoy a fair with resources, games, bouncies and more followed by a beautiful 5K walk around the park. Family, friends and beyond are encouraged to participate or volunteer!

Parent Support & Info Sessions

We are here for you! We’ve been through it all and so have our amazing parents. Attending our events is a win win for you and for your kids. Parents get to hang out and socialize during programs or jump in and play with the kids. We frequently hold informational sessions with psychologists or other specialists – all free of course!

Friends @ Home

This program is similar to a “big-brother, big-sister” program, but for children with special needs. People with special needs frequently have challenges in social arenas and develop few friends. Further, their families are often isolated from their community because of the challenges involved with raising a child with special needs.

Through the F@H program, teenage volunteers visit children with special needs in their homes on a weekly basis, engaging them in a variety of activities based on the individual child’s preferences. The teens are there to provide friendship – not therapy – just friendship. For the child with special needs, friendship is not easily attained and these visits provide a rare opportunity to connect with another person in a social context.