Tend To A Friend is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the inclusion of children with special needs in our communities, while providing support to their families.
"TTAF isn't just any charity organization. It has the ability to suck you in, and it makes you count down the days until the next Kids' Night Out. I had the unique opportunity of volunteering and then leading a group of high school kids with completely different backgrounds and interests who came together to support a worthy cause. It was so fulfilling to feel that I was making an impact on a child's life, but it is hard to put into words how much of an impact they had on me. Putting a smile on the kids faces with the simplest of activities reminded me to be grateful for every day ahead of me."
Kaelyn, Former RPS Student, MIDN USN
“The kids at Tend to a Friend are what makes the night so special; they're all filled with so much energy and excitement that the night is endless fun and always leaves me with a smile on my face. Being with the volunteers at Tend to a Friend and playing with those kids has helped me grow as a person and has given me another family that I will always be appreciative of and will never forget!"
Julia R., Former RPS Student
“Tend To a Friend is a charity that the Ritter family started to create an opportunity for their son Travis and other boys and girls with developmental disabilities to have a fun night out every few weeks. Rutgers Prep has embraced their program with open arms, and it has been a joy to watch how much love and warmth has spread to families in our area. Many of our boys and girls at Rutgers Prep partner up with the young children coming to the program to make sure that everyone has attention and a good time. Everyone helping out had them laughing and smiling, and I was immediately struck by how comfortable families were leaving us with their kids for a few hours. Everyone is treated at Tend To a Friend like a friend, and it is a chance for these young people and their loved ones to experience some of the normal and wonderful experiences that everyone should have when they are growing up. For a few hours these kids get to sing and dance, shoot hoops, socialize and be creative.
I could not be more effusive in my praise for the program that the Ritter family started, the way the Rutgers Prep community has supported them or the joy that they can bring into so many people’s lives that are learning how to make the best out of a tough situation.”
Geoff Loose, History Department
Rutgers Preparatory School
“You are a precious gift to mankind! I am filled with joy for the work that you have done through this year with my children, especially with Justin. At times, we expect these services from those with whom we share the same bloodline, even then it’s appreciated. When it is done by people who selflessly care, who undeniably love, it is doubly appreciated. I appreciate the way you make Justin feel like he has this world at his footstool and everyone is at his service for those priceless hours! I believe these experiences will be eternally stored in his memory! Thank you very much! God Bless!”
Eveno Manasse, Father of Justin
"Not only is Kids’ Night Out a rewarding experience for the kids, but also for myself. It is nice giving back to the community in such a different way than many others do. My favorite experience coming home from college for Winter break was attending the January Kids’ Night Out!"
Paul, Former RPS Student