Growing Friendships Program Seeks Volunteers

A good friend can make all the difference: they celebrate our victories, lift us up when we are down, and they often act as mentors to help us grow.

Founded last April, the Cape Abilities Growing Friendships program pairs a volunteer with a program individual, based on common interests and hobbies, and supports them in developing an inclusive and lasting friendship.

Feeling the effects of isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer Jeff Sousa found comfort in the program when he connected with his friend, Joe. “I was feeling pretty lonely, and I knew that I needed friendship and connection in my life. And just having that friendship with Joe has been really incredible,” said Jeff.

By facilitating friendships between people of different abilities, our Growing Friendships program provides connection, builds self-esteem, and quite simply promotes fun.

“My goal was to be a true friend and offer some new and interesting experiences. Little did I realize that I would receive so much in return,” said Mark Pasquini, recipient of the 2021 Harold Russell Volunteer Award, and a founding member of the program.

Are you ready to be our next friend? We are actively seeking more volunteers for this program and it’s a great way to get involved in our mission.

If you are interested in participating in the Growing Friendships program as a volunteer, please reach out to Ellen Zeyen at

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