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Cold Stone® is a proud partner of Best Buddies®!

Cold Stone Creamery® National Fundraiser

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Cold Stone Creamery proudly supports Best Buddies® and their mission to end the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies helps individuals within this community form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

During the month of September 2017, Cold Stone Creamery hosted a nationwide fundraising promotion to raise money for Best Buddies International. Customers who donated $1 or more to Best Buddies at participating locations received a Best Buddies sticker featuring the iconic Best Buddies® logo, designed by artist Keith Haring®. Cold Stone would like to thank all the customers who participated in our 2nd annual nationwide fundraiser, and welcome them all back for an exciting new fundraising year starting August 2018.

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Best Buddies® Jobs Program Launches at Cold Stone Creamery®

Did you know that an estimated 81% of adults over the age of eighteen with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) do not have a paid job in the community? The Best Buddies Jobs program helps close the gap by securing jobs for people with IDD giving them the opportunity to earn an income, pay taxes, and continuously and independently support themselves. The program expands beyond the typical positions in which a person with IDD might be placed and instead focuses on finding work that matches the job seeker’s specific interests and talents.

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In the spring of 2017, Cold Stone Creamery launched a nationwide Jobs program with Best Buddies. Shortly after the launch, the Cold Stone Creamery store in Astoria, New York hired their first participant, Marcial. He is excelling in his position and lights up the store with his vibrant smile.

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About Best Buddies®

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Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X syndrome, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.

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Best Buddies® 3 Key Mission Pillars

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One-To-One Friendships – Builds friendships between people with and without IDD, offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and inclusion for a population that is often isolated.

Integrated Employment – Secures jobs for people with IDD allowing them to earn an income, pay taxes, and continuously and independently support themselves.

Leadership Development – Educates and empowers people with and without IDD to become leaders, public speakers and advocates.

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See how you can take action and help Best Buddies® further their mission. Everyone has something they can contribute at every level.

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