Families, Respect, Inspire, Education, Networking for Down syndrome & Special needs

Expectant Parents

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is here to assist Learning that your unborn baby has Down syndrome can be very difficult to hear. This unexpected news may generate a wide range of emotions and questions.

New Parents

CLICK READ MORE FOR PARENT PACKS The parent packets are delivered to the Labor & Delivery, NICU, and to the hospitals Social Workers to ensure they are available to you.


For Physicians

Learning the Diagnosis This is extremely difficult for parents and should be handled delicately. Physician’s please watch the attached film


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VOLUNTEER - Thank you for your interest in volunteering for F.R.I.E.N.D.S. We are always in need of great volunteers who are hard-working, organized and who love interacting with our families. As a volunteer, you are essential and play an important role in making our events so special for our families. 

*Approved by Hillsborough County to offer volunteer hours to students working for Bright Futures scholarships.

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Thank you FRIENDS Volunteers.

Friends has put together a video for the Ellen DeGeneres & Cheerios One Million Acts of Good promotion. We are raising funds to open THE FRIENDS CENTER - A special needs daycare. Thanks to everyone who participated, we had a lot of fun taping it. Please share the video. Thanks so much! Wish us luck!

Events Calendar

Sunday, July 25, 2021
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. participates as part of the Non-profit program with Legends Hospitality at Raymond James Stadium.

We manage and work a concession stand during the Buccaneer Football games and receive a portion of the sales. All of this seasons upcoming games have already sold out and we need 15 Adult volunteers! We'd like 7 Adults & 7 Self Advocates per game.

We train our self-advocates to work along side us, to learn how to manage food, serve beverages, and clean the stand. These valuable skills can be put onto a resume and help get them a job. We can even help our Self-Advocates find a job.

Each volunteer will be required to attend a 3hr Legends Hospitality Training Class.

There are three classes available July 10th, July 11th, July 25th, 31st.

To sign up please fill out our Volunteer Application. Questions? Call Jeff Green, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Volunteer Lead (813)453-1632.