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Our Friends Connection Volunteer Service meets once a month to enjoy group activities together like sporting events, plays, dining out, painting parties, and various celebrations. As a volunteer, you are matched with an individual and together you attend group activities where fun is had, connections are made, and lifelong friendships are formed. Some of the people matched in this service have been together for over 20 years!

The Friends Connection group is a great mix of people and the perfect way to make a real difference in someone’s life – maybe even in yours! Please consider spending a few hours each month with us.

EFR helps recruit 1,000 volunteers for the Special Olympics Winter Games that will be held every year in Syracuse over the next three years beginning in February 2021. We hope you will join us in support of our Exceptional Athletes. More information coming soon!

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Service Delivery: Some of our services, such as Project Explore and Parent’s Night Out need supplies and equipment like basketballs, board games, playing cards, art supplies, or sensory items for youth to use during activities. Your donations help us meet a wide range of interests and keep people fully engaged throughout the activity.

Ongoing Events: EFR now hosts over 20 group events each year, including our popular Annual Picnic attended by over 400 people each summer. Your donation keeps the good times going by helping with the cost of facility rentals, tables and chairs, food, and entertainment for the people we serve and their staff. In 2020, we again have a goal of hosting at least 20 group events and need your support to make it happen!

Overall Agency: Your support helps EFR weather the storms, viruses, and funding cuts that threaten the services the agency provides. The general agency fund is a backup in times of duress and can help keep operations going when we need them the most.

Other Ways to Give

Planned Giving: By including EFR in your will, trust, or estate plans, you create a lasting legacy and help EFR to remain a strong presence in our community for generations to come.

Tribute Gifts: You can make a donation to honor or remember someone on a special occasion such as a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or graduation. You can also make a donation to remember someone who has died. Please provide us with the details of your gift and we will be happy to send a card recognizing your contribution in the person’s honor.

United Way: EFR is a proud recipient of United Way funds to support our Take-A-Break Respite services. You can make a donation directly to the United Way and support all of their funded programs, or you can specifically designate your donation to go to EFR.

EFR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your contributions may be tax-deductible under U.S. law.