Capital Region Friendship Circle

  • NY


100 Brookline Ave.
United States

About Us

The Capital Region Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children with special needs as well as to individuals struggling with isolation and other crises in the Capital Region. Our programs involve them in a full range of unique social and educational experiences.

In addition to helping those in need and providing respite to the families, The Friendship Circle empowers and enriches its network of volunteers, the majority of whom are teenagers, by enabling them to reap the vast rewards of giving of themselves.

We envision a world in which people who have special needs and their families experience acceptance, inclusion and friendship as contributing members of society.

The Friendship Circle aims to create an environment for teens that will nurture a sense of connection to and responsibility for the greater community through innovative and stimulating programs. We see this as essential for developing and producing the leaders of tomorrow.

How can you help complete the circle?

  • Do you know a teenager or someone of college age who would like to be a volunteer?
  • Are you willing to drive a volunteer to his or her destination?
  • Do you know a family that can use extra help in their home with children who have special needs?
  • Would you like to support our programs and help us continue the work of the Friendship Circle? Click here to donate.

Please contact:

Liba Andrusier, Executive Director - (58) 438-4220 or email

or Laurie Salzer, Administrative Assistant - (518) 438-4220, or email

The Friendship Circle is made up of five parts: volunteers, children, parents, staff, and supporters. The true beauty of the Circle is how we all link together to form a seamless circle of friendship. Together, we can perform miracles.