UWM Best Buddies

Follow us and see what UW-Milwaukee Best Buddies is doing to help raise awareness for people with intellectual and developmental .You can help by liking our page and encouraging your friends to do the same!

Best Buddies pairs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with college students. In the past, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have not had the opportunity to have friends outside of their own environment. We provide an opportunity for participants to change the world simply by making a new friend.

What do we do as a organization? We provide one on one friendship with adults with disabilities in the community and UWM students. We give them the college experience and friendship that they've never had. As a group, we go out in the community on outings such as bucks games, brewer games, shopping at the mall, movies, going out to eat ect.. Different types of members:

Associate: Comes to the monthly group outings and helps out when they can. Even though there is no minimum required attendance for associate members, we would like you to come to every group activity. We plan them months in advanced, so you have time to ask off work and what not. Peer buddy: UWM student matched up with an adult with a disability. You are required to meet with your buddy at least twice a month (once can be the group activity) and communicate weekly. This is a bigger commitment, and we expect you to hold up to your end of the bargain. This org means a lot to our buddys, and when their peer buddy signs up but doesn't hold up to their end of the friendship, they get disappointed by it. If you are joining as a peer buddy, this shouldn't be that hard to meet the minimum requirements and it shouldn't be a "chore". You should do it because you are passionate about this and want to make a difference. Buddies- Same as the peer buddy, but for adults with disabilities. Same minimum requirements as the peer buddy. If you have any specific questions, comments and or concerns, feel free to contact us.

Operating as usual


Thanks to everyone who came out last night for our potluck! We are thankful for all our awesome members! Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy your break!

[09/16/19]   Hey guys! Don’t forget our first meeting is tomorrow (9/16) at 7 pm in Union 179! See you all then!


Best Buddies Wisconsin

Volunteers needed to help at our Friendship Walk on May 4, 2019. Click the link below to view volunteer shifts. Any & all help is appreciated!



Check this out! We've been invited by the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin and Best Buddies Marquette University to a screening of the film Deej, a documentary about a nonspeaking autistic young man's journey through college and his fight for autistic civil rights. The event is on Wednesday April 24th at the Varsity Theatre on Marquette's campus. Doors open at 7:00pm and the film starts at 7:30pm.

docs.google.com 02/27/2019

Best Buddies WI All-Chapter Dance Volunteer Sign Up

Interested in volunteering? Click the link below!

docs.google.com Event Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 Event Address: 4500 S 108th Street, Greenfield, WI 53228 (The Ridge Community Church)


We'll be back in January for more chapter events! Have a nice break everyone!


Best Buddies Wisconsin

Looking for something fun to do tomorrow night with your buddy? Grab a ticket to the Admirals Game with Best Buddies Wisconsin!

Tickets are still available for the Best Buddies Admirals Game, tomorrow 10/26 at 7pm! To reserve tickets, visit the link below or contact McKenna Carrigan via email [email protected].


UWM Best Buddies's cover photo

bestbuddiesonline.org 10/09/2018

Best Buddies International - Member Application For Academic Year 2018-2019

The last day to register for Best Buddies at UW-Milwaukee is Monday the 15th!



Come check out our table at the involvement fair in Spaights Plaza from 11-12:20 to learn more about Best Buddies!

bestbuddiesonline.org 09/06/2018

Best Buddies International - Member Application For Academic Year 2018-2019

Are you interested in meeting new people and forming a meaningful one-on-one friendship? Fill out our membership application and join Best Buddies at UW-Milwaukee today! https://www.bestbuddiesonline.org/MemberApplication.aspx?rn=12



Best Buddies International

Classes are back in session and our Best Buddies school chapters have started recruiting students just like you to join our global movement of inclusion! Here's what you can expect when you join Best Buddies (hint: lots of fun & life-changing friendships). Visit bestbuddies.org to find a program near you or contact your school to learn more!



Nothing but positive vibes at the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony.


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Swimming and water safety lessons are so important. This is why Autism Speaks awards scholarships to organizations that offer classes for people on the spectrum.


Great group shot from the Friendship Walk!


Only 2 Large and 1 XL sizes left! Grab them while you can!

We have 7 Spread the Word to End the Word shirts left from our event this year! They’re a beautiful 100% cotton light blue t-shirt, and feature UW-Milwaukee and the official Best Buddies logo on the back. There’s 1 Small, 2 Medium, 3 Large, and 1 XL left! Please message us if you’d like one (or more!) for $10 each. All proceeds go to the UWM chapter to help us pay for this year’s state wide chapter dues. Thank you!


We have 7 Spread the Word to End the Word shirts left from our event this year! They’re a beautiful 100% cotton light blue t-shirt, and feature UW-Milwaukee and the official Best Buddies logo on the back. There’s 1 Small, 2 Medium, 3 Large, and 1 XL left! Please message us if you’d like one (or more!) for $10 each. All proceeds go to the UWM chapter to help us pay for this year’s state wide chapter dues. Thank you!


Best Buddies Wisconsin

Tune to Fox 6 news this morning at 8:45am to see Best Buddies WI live on air!


Missed your chance to score a t-shirt from our Spread the Word to End the Word event? No worries! We have 1 Medium and 1 XL left over from our event. They even say UW-Milwaukee on the back! If you're interested in buying one for $10 please message us.


Thanks to everyone who pledged at our Spread the Word event today! Here are a few of our favorite moments!

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Trivia Night, March 8th

Hi all! Wish makers at UWM is hosting a Trivia Night this Thursday, 3/8 from 7:30pm-9pm in the Union Gasthaus. All proceeds go to an 11 year old girl with skeleton malformation who wants to go swimming with dolphins. Each team is 3-5 people. If you pre-register, it's $20, but if you register at the door, it's $25. So if you and some friends want to play some fun trivia, here is the link to register! Again, all proceeds go the little girl! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ovVEyAWRDvyE9Tstg7ZAvywga8wGZIu01DBwx8yBNg4/edit

docs.google.com Please tell us your name, how you are going to be paying (venmo or cash), and a team name!


Autism Speaks

You've got to hear this iPad band!


Autism Speaks

Don't judge a book by it's cover and be kind to everyone you meet...


West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation & Community Services

The annual Snowball Dinner & Dance for participants with disabilities is coming up on Friday February 16th! If you are interested in attending or volunteering sign up today! You must be registered before the event to participate. #WAWMRCS #AdaptiveRec


Easterseals Southeast Wisconsin

#TBT to our and Milwaukee's first Project SEARCH Class. http://ow.ly/7Tk730i9tqH

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Welcome back from winter break Panthers! Here is the order form for Spread The Word To End The Word T-Shirts. Shirts are only $10 and all profits go towards the UW-Milwaukee chapter! All orders must be in this document by FRIDAY. Thanks!



Best Buddies Wisconsin

Wahoo! Love when retailers make big, powerful changes for our community!


Easterseals Southeast Wisconsin

Know a caring young person who wants a job this summer? Apply to work at one of our three day camps to have a summer job you will not forget. Check our opportunities: http://www.easterseals.com/wi-se/who-we-are/careers-at-easter-seals/

wisn.com 12/19/2017

MLB pitcher donates $9 million home to camp for people with special needs

wisn.com This $9 million house was given to Camp Barnabas, which helps people with special needs and chronic illnesses.



Kyrie Irving supports Best Buddies International on these camo Nike Kyrie 3 PEs.

[11/24/17]   Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope your day was full of yummy food and lots of love from family and friends! We’re thankful for all of you and everything you do for Best Buddies! ❤️

[11/10/17]   Hey guys! Kevin Autman is going to the Milwaukee Buck's game on Monday, November 13th with his buddy Gina, and was wondering if any other buddy pairs or associate members would like to come with! Student tickets are only $10! Message us or Kevin for more details if you're interested.



A man walked into a diner to get a cup of coffee. By the time he left, he'd made a friend for life.


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