Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church

Naples | FL
Buddy Break
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Contact Michelle Crombie / buddybreaknaples@gmail.com / 239-272-8031

Buddy Break is held at the Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church on the third Friday of each month; however, please check our Facebook page where the latest information about monthly events is posted.

About the Buddy Break Program

Buddy Break is a free kids/respite program where children with special needs (VIP kids) make new friends, play fun games, enjoy crafts, therapy dogs, stories, music activities, and more!

Siblings have fun, too! Meanwhile their caregivers get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours. Buddy Break is open to church members and non-church members alike.

Typically each VIP kid is paired one-on-one with a screened volunteer "buddy" to participate in that evenings activities.

VIPs are kids with special needs, which include any physical, cognitive, medical or hidden disability, chronic or life-threatening illness, or those who are medically fragile.

Buddies are friends of VIPs.  

Signing Up a VIP
  1. REGISTER
    https://nathanielshope.org/buddybreak/
    • If you are new, click the red button "Need an account? Sign up!"
      For Region: select Florida South
    • If you already have an account, fill-in the Sign In form with your login information
  2. If you have a VIP that you'd like to attend Buddy Break:
    From the Buddy Break Dashboard, click VIPs, then click Add a VIP
    Complete the secure online "Buddy Break VIP Family Information Form."
    Region: Florida South
    Primary Buddy Break Location:
    Naples Seventh-Day Adventist Church - Naples, FL
    IMPORTANT NOTE: The correct region and location are important so that you will be in our database.
  3. If you have siblings that you'd like to have attend Buddy Break:
    From the Buddy Break Dashboard, click Siblings, New Sibling
    Complete the secure online "Buddy Break Sibling Information Form."
    Region: Florida South
    Primary Buddy Break Location:
    Naples Seventh-Day Adventist Church - Naples, FL
    IMPORTANT NOTE: The correct region and location are important so that you will be in our database.
  4. Contact us to reserve your space at a required VIP orientation. This allows us to meet you and your children and gives you a chance to see Buddy Break before you begin participating.
  5. Prior to orientation, print the Authorization and Release and Declaration of Consent forms. Complete both forms for each VIP and Sibling who will be attending Buddy Break.
Do not sign the forms until you come; we will have a notary available to notarize the forms for you!
Signing Up to Attend Buddy Break

Once you have signed up for the program and gone through orientation, you’ll need to make a reservation for each month that you want to attend Buddy Break. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, so register early! To make a reservation for our upcoming Buddy Break as a VIP:

Email buddybreaknaples@gmail.com or call Michelle Crombie at (239) 272-8031.

What Qualifications Are Required to Be a Buddy?

No previous experience with VIP kids is necessary to be a Buddy, just a loving heart, open arms, and a willingness to learn. You must be at least 14 years of age and you will be trained through a two-hour Buddy Training 101 class. You also agree to have a background check run on your information.

To Sign Up For the Program as a Buddy
  1. REGISTER
    https://nathanielshope.org/buddybreak/
    • If you are new, click the red button "Need an account? Sign up!"
      For Region: select Florida South
    • If you already have an account, fill-in the Sign In form with your login information
  2. If you would like to become a Buddy:
    From the Buddy Break Dashboard, click Buddies, then click Add a Buddy
    Complete the secure online "Buddy Information Form."
    Region: Florida South
    Primary Buddy Break Location:
    Naples Seventh-Day Adventist Church - Naples, FL
    IMPORTANT NOTE: The correct region and location are important so that you will be in our database.
  3. BACKGROUND CHECK
    Here are the step-by-step instructions to sign up with Verified Volunteers and complete the online training. After you complete your training, click the button "Submit Background Check":
    Volunteer_Screening_Procedure_Step-by-Step_Instructions.pdf
  4. ORIENTATION
    When everything is completed, we will arrange to complete orientation at the church.

 

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