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Second Friday each month at Holiday Inn Express, Clearwater

3rd Friday of each month at the Hilton Garden Inn Riverview

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Looking for Volunteer Hours?

Complete the Volunteer Application and someone will get back to you asap. Thanks so much!
ZOOM VIRTUAL EVENTS Mondays - Sweating with Sunshine 1/h hour low impact exercise. Tuesday - Good Vibes! Good Music, Good Friends, Good Vibes

The Mission of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

is to provide free all-encompassing educational support services to families who have been impacted by Downs Syndrome or other Special Needs, while advocating and promoting community integration. 

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is a 501(c)(3) Private Non-profit Operating Foundation.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Transparency

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is completely transparent and will post on their website each year IRS 990 PF Forms
  • Bylaws & Conflict of Interest Policy's
  • Annual Report
  • Profit and Loss Report

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Covid Response

People with Down syndrome are at a heightened risk due to age and/or compromised immune systems. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. number one priority is the safety of the people we serve and our staff.

The attached downloadable PDF was put together by supporting organizations for Down Syndrome.

Expectant Parents

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is here to assist.
Click the title above for Parent Packs

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 title above for Parent Packs

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.

What is Down Syndrome

Click title above for for a Printable PDF

Down syndrome is caused by a random error in cell division that results in the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21.


Learning The Diagnosis

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


Sign Up for Our Volunteer Programs

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.


Join F.R.I.E.N.D.S Today

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. membership is free! To receive all benefits of membership you must live within Hillsborough, Pinellas, & Pasco Counties. Membership includes free access to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. year-round programs, events, and scholarships.

5th Annual F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Buddy Walk 2021

World Down Syndrome Day 2021

March 21, 2021 marks World Down Syndrome Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about Down syndrome and celebrating individuals around the world living with the genetic condition. According to the World Down Syndrome Day website, the date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

We need your support

With the challenges non-profits are facing during this global pandemic, your support will have a direct impact on the people we serve now—and into the future! The lasting impact of your support will help us expand our services. Thank you again for supporting our mission, the families we serve, promoting community involvement and encouraging a lifetime of opportunities for people with Down syndrome.

What is Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring genetic condition at 1 in every 800 births. Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels. More than 250,000 people in the United States are living with the condition.  DSG welcomes approximately 50 new babies each year. Down syndrome is not a disease and people do not suffer from it. They are born with Down syndrome and will have it their whole life.

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