Project T.R.E.A.T. 

"Although we volunteer from the heart, it’s nice to know that our efforts are so deeply valued and appreciated..."

Project T.R.E.A.T.

Informs and rewards Teen Volunteers

In 2006, The Friendship Circle launched Project T.R.E.A.T (Teen Responsibility Education, Assessment and Training) as the resource and support arm for its essential teen volunteer component. Thanks, in large part, to a grant from the Jewish Federation, TREAT has since facilitated the establishment and expansion of numerous first-rate training and motivational programs for many scores of teen volunteers. In addition to providing for each semester’s training and orientation sessions for new and returning volunteers, Project TREAT holds conferences and workshops throughout the year wherein teens can learn about the complex challenges facing children with special needs from some of the most respected therapists and professionals in the field. These meetings, which offer practical insight, advice and techniques, also provide an invaluable forum for the young volunteers to ask questions and exchange personal reflections and ideas. Once a year, Project TREAT hosts a grand “Teen Appreciation Dinner,” an elegantly catered affair with music and entertainment, in which all of the volunteers are honored by The Friendship Circle’s parents, staff and sponsors, as well as members of the community at large. It is an opportunity to pay tribute to a group of young men and women who, at this critical stage in their lives, are exemplifying the highest ideals of sacrifice and leadership. Each volunteer is presented with an award and a token of the community’s gratitude. In the words of one volunteer at last year’s celebration, “Although we all volunteer from the heart, it’s nice to know that our efforts are so deeply valued and appreciated. And just getting together with all of our fellow volunteers in such grand and joyous fashion is also an awesome and inspirational experience.”