Team Ivy

For the past 8 years, the Friendship Circle has become a big part of our lives. They have been there for us and Ivy every step of the way. While we are all looking forward to getting back to when LifeTown can open once again, we are eager to share this amazing space not only with other children with disabilities but with our friends and family as well.
Please help support the Friendship Circle by contributing to and participating in my early Friendship Circle virtual 5K.

Chai-A-Thon – Summer Camp Campaign 2020

FCNJ Summer Camp 2020

With many camps closed and social distancing still in force, Friendship Circle is once again stepping up, this time to bring camp festivities and activities to children, teens and adults with special needs. Programs will include summer favorites like Color War, sports, art, cooking, BBQ, night activities, and more!

Help FC Respond to COVID-19

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Friendship Circle has responded to the needs of the community by pivoting to virtual platforms and social distancing for delivery of its programs, while maintaining a personal touch and social connection. Thanks to your generosity, children and adults with special needs are staying connected with activities and friends, and receiving vital supports from the safety of their own homes and at LifeTown.

FCNJ’s Camp 2020 Program will include:

  • Virtual Camp
  • Allie’s Camp
  • Sports @ LifeTown
  • Cooking & Baking
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Dance & Music
  • Night Activities
  • Drive-in Movie Night
  • Drive-through BBQ
  • Color War CARnival
  • Shabbat Spirit Kits
  • Visiting Day (aka Parents’ Events)
  • Friends @ Home
  • Seminars

What can I do to help?

Thanks to the generous support of a dear friend, every dollar that you give will be matched x2!

We have just 36 hours to make all this happen. Please donate now and share this CAMPaign before time runs out!

Due to these unprecedented times, your support will help us provide opportunities for people with special needs and their families throughout the summer; opportunities they otherwise would not have.

Drew’s Bar Mitzvah

Drew loves helping others. He has a special place in his heart for kids with special needs. His Uncle “Lenny” (who he only knew as an Adult) had Williams Syndrome and although Drew didn’t know him as a child, he knows how important it is to be a friend to a child with special needs and how much that means to them to have a kind person who is a peer in their life.


Chai-A-Thon – Summer Camp Campaign

What is Friendship Circle?

Friendship Circle provides children and teens who have autism and other special needs, and their families with many social and recreational opportunities. Friendship Circle programs reach 350 children and teens annually, each of whom are paired with one of our over 900 teen volunteers.

Why expand our summer programs?

With the new LifeTown center up and running, we are expanding the summer programs to reach hundreds of children, teens and young adults, including volunteers. The summer programs will offer a taste of all the joy and fun summer has to offer. With your support of the “36-Hour CAMPaign” we will be able to offer more sports and cooking activities and summer camps, ensuring more fun, more opportunities, and more FRIENDSHIPS.

What can I do to help?

We have just 36 hours to make this all happen. Please donate now and share this CAMPaign before time runs out! Your gift will help us say yes to all who could benefit from LifeTown programs.