How do we get started?
So glad you found us! We need to start by saying Friends in Action’s programs are not for everyone. Sometimes one program is a great fit while other programs we offer might not work at all. To get started, we ask that families email our Program Director, Amanda, at email@example.com. You will then have Friends in Action’s forms sent to you. Once received back by Amanda, she will set up a time to have a phone interview to learn more about the person who wants to join and figure out how to best set up programs that work.
Is there a fee to join a program?
With the exception of Wildcat Friends and Theater, Friends in Action programs are free. Participants are expected to purchase their own movie ticket, meal and tip at Dinner Club and are charged $7.50 to cover bowling expenses. Each year Friends in Action sends out an annual giving letter in the fall and has a spring fundraiser. Families are encouraged to give as generously as they can in order to keep Friends in Action going.
Do I need to stay with my child at the events? Can I stay if I wish?
Parents do not have to stay with their child at events unless it has been predetermined during interview. However, Friends in Action does not provide 1:1 direct support. If a participant needs a 1:1 support, it is the family’s responsibility. Family members are welcomed to stay at events if needed. Friends in Action also reserves the right to request support if participant is struggling with the programing.
Who will be responsible for my child at an event?
Friends in Action staff are responsible for participants at programs, unless they come with a 1:1. If they come with a 1:1, the 1:1 is fully responsible. We do not lock doors at Friday Night Socials or any other building we use and many of our programs are out in the community. If there is concern the participant might leave Friends in Action programming, they are required to come with a 1:1 direct support person.
What happens if there is a cancellation?
Friends in Action wants everyone to be safe, including staff and families. We follow WMUR news reports and school closings to make the safest decision for everyone. If a program is cancelled, the website is updated, emails will be sent out and there will be a Facebook post. Cancellations can be hard, but we do not want our friends to be in compromising situations. We sometimes have to cancel if it is too hot or cold, or if the weather causes driving difficulties.
Does Friends in Action provide transportation?
Friends in Action does not provide transportation. Many families carpool, but this is not organized by Friends in Action.