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Friends in Action’s mission is to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities by creating inclusive social and recreational opportunities. Friends in Action is a partnership between the Portsmouth School Department and a working group of parents and community members.

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Recent News

  • Meet Stephen and Maggie from Friends in Action!

    Stephen and Maggie Friends Because of You!

    Stephen and Maggie met two years ago at the University of New Hampshire. Stephen participates in Wildcat Friends and Maggie is a UNH student. Stephen loves Wildcat Friends because “it is a fun, friendly place for me to enjoy. It is amazing and fun. I like to interact with everyone.”

    Maggie is a junior at UNH. She started volunteering for Wildcat Friends as a freshman. Last spring she started a student organization called Eyes Open. The mission of Eyes Open is to open eyes and raise voices for disability awareness and community engagement. Stephen is a member of Eyes Open. He enjoys meeting new students and participating in activities through Eyes Open.

    Stephen also loves to dance. One of his favorite Friends in Action programs is Dancercise, which he does every Monday. He loves the music and dancing with all his friends.

  • SAVE THE DATE – April 12

    Save the date for our 2014 fundraiser which will be held on April 12, 2014 at the Frank Jones Center in Portsmouth, NH.

  • Partner With Us To Do Something Great!

    Please help us reach our goal of $100,000 for our Annual Giving Campaign.  You need your support to help us reach our goal!

    Your Donation Supports: Friendships, laughter, community connections, independence, self-knowledge, fun, compassion, and camaraderie.

    If you are interested in making a donation you can click here to donate online or contact Heidi Chase at

Friends in Action was featured on Chronicle! Watch the video to learn more about our organization.