WELCOME TO BEACH BUDDIES
BRINGING BUDDIES OF ALL ABILITIES TOGETHER
Trailways to friendships
Beach Buddies, located on the Central Oregon Coast is charitable organization and a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. We founded Beach Buddies with the mission to bring individuals of all abilities experiencing a developmental/intellectual disability who are 18 years of age and older together for social events, volunteering and community outings.
Advocating Integration and inclusion
Founded in 2019 Our mission is to provide opportunities for community inclusion to individuals of all abilities who are 18 years of age and older living on the Central Oregon Coast in the form of social events and community outings.
To provide each individual we support with respect, thoughtfulness of their needs, showing kindness, and dignity.
Always recognizing their uniqueness to be themselves
LEARN ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS
BOTTLE DROP GIVE PROGRAM
Help us save some green. An easy way to support us is by donating your empty cans and bottles to our Bottle Drop give program.
WE can arrange drop off of empty bags and pick them up when they are full.
Contact Loanne Demichele at the email link below to get bags and arrange pick up.
PEN PAL & BIRTHDAY CLUB
We often say that friends make life more fun. Studies have found that older adults who have meaningful relationships and social support are likely to live longer than their peers with fewer connections. We believe that offering a variety of ways to stay connected is a big part of our mission. Our pen pal & birthday club offer our buddies a way to make friends, utilize life skills and build relationships by writing to each other.
Our Objective is:
To provide more opportunities to adults of all abilities experiencing developmental and intellectual disabilities, with the focus on building friendships and better access for integration into their own community.
REQUESTING YOUR SUPPORT
Make a Difference
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
Change a Life
Are you looking to support Beach Buddies? We’d love to receive your help, and so will the community we provide for. Contact us to learn about donation opportunities. However you are able to help, we can assure you that it will have a major impact on the lives of many.
Want to make a positive impact in the communities of the Central Oregon Coast? It really is as simple as making a donation. No amount of time or money is too small or too large! We appreciate all the help you can provide and guarantee that it will be put to excellent use. Contact us to learn more about what we do with the donations we receive.
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Help Us Make a Difference
If you feel moved by the causes Beach Buddies promotes, we would very much appreciate your support. Set up your donation to Beach Buddies today. It’s easy and most importantly, it will make a major difference in the lives of so many. With Venmo it’s simple and easy to donate now.
ANTI DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT AND POLICY
Beach Buddies does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities, programs or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, participants and volunteers.
Here is what our buddies Kristin & Brooke have to say about being a part of Beach Buddies:
What Beach Buddies means to me is seeing happy faces at our Beach Buddies events with joy, and everyone loves to have fun. That’s what it means to me. For me is the Heart of Love being there, being involved is very special to me. Seeing my best friends there and new friends too.
Another thing about Beach Buddies is that it makes me happy to have people around me, people that want to talk to me and meet me at every event. It’s all about having fun, being happy, knowing I belong there.
Kristin Nichols, Lincoln City
What beach buddies means to me … Friends make life more fun! I enjoy hanging out with my Best friend awesome Amy and meeting new friends. My life is full of happiness and I love when other buddies hang out with me and Amy, because as I said, Friends make life more fun.
Brooke Ferguson, Lincoln City
SAY HELLO TO OUR BEACH BUDDIES TEAM
From the time I was a little girl and my grandmother would take me shopping with my aunt Beverly who was on the spectrum, I knew that I had the heart, the capacity and the curiosity to learn more and be a part of helping individuals who experience IDD live their best lives.
Fast forward to 7 years ago, that experience spending time with my aunt left a permanent imprint in my heart and led me to a career as a PSW for 6 years, a supported employment job coach for 3 years and DSP for the last year before becoming the Lincoln County Care Coordinator for DSP Connections.
Living on the coast with my husband and 4 indoor cats affords me the blessing of experiencing the coastal life, walking on the beach regularly (it’s my happy place) is my therapy, finding treasure is always a bonus.
My passion for gardening and growing flowers from seed just keeps blooming… I enjoy my little greenhouse, it’s my micro “she shed”
Everyday I wake up with a renewed energy and passion to find more ways to make community inclusion and integration more accessible to EVERYONE.
Vice President & Secretary
Personable and detail-oriented, Nader is beloved by both our donors and our buddies. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful Vice President who is always playing a supporting role in our organization.