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First Baptist Church Leesburg is happy to present the 

Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break program!

Our LAST Buddy Break for 2022 will be November 18, 5:30-7:30pm
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Baileigh Duke.

Buddy Break 2023 Dates and Times
January 14, 10am-1pm
*Snow/Ice themed
February 24, 5:30-7:30pm
*Movie Night
April 15, 10am-1pm
*Easter Party
May 6, Make 'Em Smile
*Nathaniel's Hope Event in Orlando
June 1, 10am-12pm
*Picnic @ Lake Idamere Park
August 26, 10am-1pm
*Back-to-School Bash
September 29, 5:30-7:30pm
*Movie Night
November 18, 10am-1pm
*Buddy's-giving Day

What is Buddy Break?

Buddy Break is a free kids/respite program where children with special needs (VIP kids) make new friends, play fun games, enjoy crafts, therapy dogs, stories, music activities, and more!  Siblings have fun too!   Meanwhile, their caregivers get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours.  Buddy Break is open to church members and non-church members with VIP kids.

Each VIP kid is paired one-on-one with a screened volunteer “Buddy” to participate in that day’s activities.

Who are VIP kids?

VIPs are kids with special needs, which include any physical, cognitive, medical or hidden disability, chronic or life-threatening illness, or those who are medically fragile.

Who are Buddies?

Buddies are friends of VIPs.

How do I sign up as a VIP?

First Baptist Church Leesburg provides Buddy Break for VIP children ages: 2-16 years old, and their siblings: 4 years old to 5th grade.
To sign up for the program as a VIP:
  1. Go to and complete the secure online VIP Family Information Form.  If you have any siblings that you’d like to have attend Buddy Break, fill out the Sibling form too.
  2. Contact us to reserve your space at a required VIP orientation.  (Contact information is below.)  This allows us to meet you and your children and gives you a chance to see Buddy Break before you begin participating.
  3. Prior to orientation, print and complete the following forms.  We will have a notary at orientation to notarize them for you.
    Click on the link to open the PDF of each form:
    *Authorization/Release Form (need to complete for each VIP and Sibling attending Buddy Break)
    *Declaration of Consent Form  (need to complete for each VIP and Sibling attending Buddy Break) 
  4. Once you have signed up for the program and gone through orientation, you’ll need to make a reservation for each month that you want to attend Buddy Break.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required, so register early!
    To make a reservation for our upcoming Buddy Break as a VIP:
    Email or call First Baptist Church at 352-787-1005.
    In your message, please include the following:
    Your full name and phone number
    Your VIPs full name and age
    The date of the Buddy Break you would like to reserve
How do I sign up to be a Buddy?
No previous experience with VIP kids is necessary to be a Buddy, just a loving heart, open arms, and a willingness to learn. You must be at least 14 years of age and you will be trained through a two-hour Buddy Training 101 class.  You will also agree to have a background check run on your information.

To sign up for the program as a Buddy:
1) Go to and complete the secure online Buddy Form.
2) Contact us to schedule a visit or reserve your space at a mandatory Buddy Training 101 class.  (Contact information is below.)

To make a reservation for our upcoming Buddy Break as a Buddy:
Email or call First Baptist Church at 352-787-1005.

contact information

Baileigh Duke

Special Needs
To find other upcoming Buddy Break dates and locations, click here 
or contact Nathaniel’s Hope at 407-857-8224.