What is Baking Buddies?

Baking Buddies is a free baking class for kids & young adults with special needs.

Classes will be Monday - Thursday, January 30 - February 2

(Due to increased interest, we are trialing a 4th night)

Volunteer sign-up coming soon!

Purpose of the program:

To provide interactive opportunities & build relationships between people with & without special needs.

When is the program?

This program is currently offered 3-4 nights a week, 4 - 6 times per year.

How does the program work?

  • Students are paired with a youth peer or adult

  • An educational activity such as matching fractions to the same measuring cup, is completed while waiting for everyone to arrive.

  • Students then move into the kitchen to make the recipe with their buddy.

  • Each new student receives a set of utensils to keep including wet & dry ingredient measuring cups, measuring spoons, a scraper, a recipe & a recipe binder.

  • While the item is baking, the students clean up their areas & play Bingo (with prizes of course) until the baking is complete.

  • Baked items are taken home to share with family & friends!

Benefits of the program:

  • Interactions with those who have special needs increases understanding & acceptance, improves attitudes & builds lasting relationships.

  • Provides respite for families who can run errands, network with other families, or just relax with a cup of coffee.

  • Engages collaboration between churches, schools & the community through volunteering.

  • Students with special needs & the volunteers gain valuable baking & kitchen skills.

  • Opportunities to participate in other church activities/events.