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All of your e-Buddies questions answered here!

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "The only way to have a friend is to be one." In the spirit of those inspiring words, Ask Emerson is a feature designed to help you be the best friend you can be. Each month, we will select a question or two for response. Send your questions to

Dear Emerson,

My grandmother thinks e-Buddies is really great. Can she be an e-Buddy? Is there an age limit for e-Buddies? How would she sign up?

e-Buddies Family

Dear Family,

That's terrific that your grandmother wants to sign up for e-Buddies. e-Buddies is open to people age 12 and over. Everyone signs up the same way, on our web site: You could even help her get signed up! It might be a good idea for you to spend some time exploring the e-Buddies web site with your grandmother, to help her get more familiar with the program.

Remember, we do charge all of our non-student volunteers who don't have a developmental disabilities a one-time $50.00 fee.

Signing off,


Dear Emerson,

I signed up for e-Buddies ages ago! I still don't have an e-Buddy, and I don't understand what's taking so long. I'm a freshman in college, and I'm really excited about the program, but I'm getting impatient. What's the hold-up?

Tired of waiting

Dear Tired,

I can understand why you're 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 developmental disabilities signed up for e-Buddies than people with developmental disabilities. We particularly have a lot of volunteers aged 16-24.

While you're waiting for your e-Buddy, I encourage you to find other ways to volunteer on behalf of people with mental retardation in your community. Visit to see if there is a Best Buddies chapter at your college. If you have a friend or family member with mental retardation, help them learn to use the computer, if they don't already know how, and sign them up for e-Buddies, if they're interested.

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

Signing off,


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