CIRCLE OF FRIENDS OF CONNECTICUT INC

"Together we can perform miracles"

Norwalk, CT   |  www.circleoffriendsct.org

Mission

Circle of Friends is a volunteer organization that reaches out to children, teens and young adults with special needs in Fairfield County, CT and involves them in a full array of inclusive, social experiences. Our innovative programming of home visits, play dates and social interactions, is designed to foster a relationship between children, teens and young adults with special needs and community teenage volunteers.
In addition to helping families in need, Circle of Friends empowers and enriches its network of volunteers (the majority of whom are teenagers) by enabling them to reap the vast rewards of participating in a program that strengthens their personal connections to the community by giving back to the community.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Freida Hecht

Main address

40 King St

Norwalk, CT 06851 USA

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EIN

47-4152491

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Home With Friends

Children and teens with special needs are partnered with teenage volunteers who visit them weekly in their homes and establish meaningful, shared experiences. The volunteers are screened and receive orientation from professionals in the field of special education prior to their home visits.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth
Adults

Sunday Circle/Teen Scene: Once a month on Sundays throughout the school calendar year, our teenage volunteers and their friends spend two wonderful hours together. In a fun filled atmosphere, highlighting a Jewish holiday or theme, participants enjoy a wide variety of activities such as music, art, sports, snack, baking, cooking and story time. Professional teachers in the field of special education and therapists lead the activities. Parents also receive a respite as their children engage in an afternoon of quality social and educational activities.

Population(s) Served

Young Adult/Adult Circle: Circle of Friends hosts a monthly program on Tuesday evenings for young/adults with disabilities. Participants are transported to and from their group residences and homes and then join together with volunteers to socialize, enjoy music, dance, yoga, art, snack, cooking and baking.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

At Circle of Friends Camp children and teens with special needs will have their week transformed into an exciting camping experience.
The fun-filled camp programs features a variety of activities, swimming, games and sports, as well as exciting field trips. Dedicated volunteers will be there to assist the children throughout the day.

Population(s) Served

Crumb Together is a not-for-profit bakery with heart. We train and employ adults with disabilities to create delicious baked goods under the supervision of a professional baker.  At Crumb Together Bakery they learn skills, build self-esteem, socialize, and are productive members of our community.  75% of adults with disabilities are unemployed. Our mission is to change that. Find out more at: www.ctbakery.org

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Community Impact Award 2011

American Red Cross

Financials

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CIRCLE OF FRIENDS OF CONNECTICUT INC

Board of directors
as of 7/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Freida Hecht

Beth Davison

Diane Yormark

Meir Deitsch

Chanie Stone

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/27/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Female

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