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Dear Emerson,

I signed up for e-Buddies ages ago! I still donít have an e-Buddy, and I donít understand whatís taking so long. Iím a junior in high school, and Iím really excited about the program, but Iím getting impatient. Whatís the hold-up?

Anxious in Arizona


Dear Waiting,

I can understand why youíre frustrated! e-Buddies is in the unique situation of having a waiting list of volunteers. What that means is that we have more people without intellectual disabilities signed up for e-Buddies than people with intellectual disabilities. We particularly have a lot of volunteers aged 16-22.

While youíre waiting for your e-Buddy, I encourage you to find other ways to volunteer on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities in your community. Visit to see if there is a Best Buddies chapter at your high school.

Also, visit the special education department at your high school and tell the students and teachers there about e-Buddies! If you have a friend or family member with intellectual disabilities, help them learn to use the computer, if they donít already know how, and sign them up for e-Buddies, if theyíre interested.

Thanks for being patient. Your e-Buddies relationship will be well worth the wait!

Signing off,

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