MGM Resorts International Announces Best Buddies Partnership to Promote Employment Opportunities for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


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Funded by a $120,000 MGM Resorts donation, the partnership will support job placement while offering on-the-job support

Las Vegas, March. 31st, 2015 – Building on its commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is pleased to announce its partnership with Best Buddies Nevada to promote employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

With the help of a $120,000 MGM Resorts donation, spanning 2014 and 2015, Best Buddies Nevada will support a candidate selection process that will provide persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) with opportunities for employment in jobs specified by MGM Resorts. For those candidates hired, Best Buddies Nevada will offer special on-the-job training and other workplace support in collaboration with the company. Read More…

Lindsey and Jossel, e-Buddies since 2013


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Lindsey

We are thrilled to introduce you to Lindsey and Jossel for our last Monday Mission Moment for Best Buddies Month 2015. Lindsey and Jossel have been matched in our e-Buddies program since 2013. e-Buddies is a Best Buddies e-mail pen-pal program that connects people all over the world with similar interests in one-to-one friendships.

While Lindsey and Jossel live in different states, the two have formed a friendship as close as any other. Check out what the pair has to say about their friendship below. Read More…

Sara Ungson and Anj Onrubia, Best Buddies Philippines


Photo Credit: Kimi Lim from Imagine Nation

Photo Credit: Kimi Lim from Imagine Nation

Tell us about your history with Best Buddies?

Anj: I first came across Best Buddies in early 2013. I was watching TV and saw a feature on the Best Buddies Challenge. When I heard about the Best Buddies mission of friendship and inclusion, I knew instantly that I wanted to bring it to Manila. As a mother of a child with special needs, I know how heartbreaking it is to feel left out and excluded. I saw Best Buddies as a chance to change things around. Read More…

Best Buddies Month: North Rockland High School


We are excited to introduce you to the North Rockland High School (NRHS) Best Buddies chapter in Thiells, New York. NRHS Best Buddies is a Promoters program, committed to sharing the mission of Best Buddies and providing opportunities for inclusion and leadership to people with intellectual disabilities. Although the school does not make one-to-one matches, they are committed to providing opportunities for friendships for their peers with disabilities and raising awareness for the disability rights movement.

NRHS Best Buddies has been making an impact in their community for two years and hopes to grow their involvement in the community. This year, they pooled their resources, time, and energy to develop their own “Stomp out the R-word” video, promoting an end to the use of the r-word for our annual Spread the Word to End the Word initiative. Please read more about the chapter’s commitment and passion and the difference they have made for Spread the Word Day this month!

This interview was completed by Chapter President, Anyssa Evelyn; Officer Tarique Wilson; and Faculty Advisor, Gina Tedesco.

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Special Olympics and Best Buddies Celebrate 7th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day on March 4th


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Pledge #Respect for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Washington, D.C. – 4 March 2014Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the seventh annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day to continue building awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word and rally people around the world to pledge respect toward all individuals, making the world a more accepting and inclusive place for all people, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Through engagement with schools, organizations and communities, the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign urges young people around the world to take a stand in their own communities and help change the conversation by eliminating the use of the R-word and replacing it with ‘respect.’ The campaign highlights the harmful effects the word “retard(ed)” has on the millions of people with IDD, their families and friends. Use of the R-word, “retard” or “retarded,” is hurtful and painful and, whether intended or not, is a form of bullying. Eliminating the use of this word is a step toward respect for all. Read More…

Best Buddies Month: Paige Randolph, Purdue University


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Paige and Charli

In celebration of Best Buddies Month we will be showcasing outstanding volunteers, employers, and supporters of Best Buddies every Monday as part of our Monday Mission Moment series.

We are excited to introduce you to Paige Randolph from the Purdue University chapter in West Lafayette, Indiana. Paige has been a volunteer with Best Buddies for eight years and is currently a senior who will be graduating in May with a nursing degree. Please enjoy reading about Paige and her dedication to Best Buddies!

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Hollywood Actress Vivica A. Fox Wins $50,000 on Celebrity Apprentice; Actress Donates Funds to Best Buddies International


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Vivica A. Fox and Best Buddies New York participants

MIAMI, Feb. 10, 2015Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), proudly thanks Hollywood actress and Best Buddies Celebrity Ambassador Vivica A. Fox for her generous donation on this season of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. Read More…

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