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Parents’ Night Out

The primary service is at least 12 events a year that give kids ages 6-12 a fun night of activities and give parents an evening off from caregiving responsibilities.

These events, staffed by EFR, provide activities for the kids at local community spots such as the MOST, Get Air and Billy Beez. Kids have a night of play, while parents have a night of relaxation.

Contact Irene Fiesinger at ifiesinger@contactefr.org

Friends Connection

EFR offers several opportunities to be matched with a volunteer from the community to participate in recreation activities together. 

These volunteer companionship opportunities match you with people who share your interests with the intent of developing long-lasting friendships. Some of the people in this service have been together for over 20 years!

This service is for people ages 18 and over who are eligible for OPWDD services.                     

Project Explore

Project Explore is an active, outdoor summer and winter service for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities.

Participants enjoy a variety of recreational activities include swimming at local parks, hiking, visiting amusement parks and attending community events. Through this service, participants develop friendships with peers, increase physical activity, and partake in enriching summer or winter activities.

Originally for ages 13-21, Project Explore now has a group for those aged 21 and over and for those between the ages of 8-12 (Project Explore Junior).

Recreation Groups

Recreation groups that meet once a month, typically on Saturdays, for at least 4 hours to enjoy activities in the community such as art activities, the zoo, parades, sporting events, and occasionally longer day trips. There is currently a women’s or a men’s group for people ages 16 and up with a developmental disability.