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Change Rooted in Compassion, Nurtured by Understanding and Seeded in Connection. Befriend believes in the limitless power of our common humanity to make positive change in our lives, communities and the world. When we harness that power by connecting with others whose lives are different from our own, we learn just how much more alike we are. On that common ground, friendships are seeded, compassion grows and transformative change takes root. Our mission is to make those connections, foster understanding and bring us all closer together.


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Befriend social movement hopes to bring together people from all walks of life
Just north of Shockoe Bottom, inside Jefferson Park, a trio of friends, once strangers, finds they have more in common than …

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EventOct 14
The Befriend Bench by Mending Walls Special Event
Saturday, Oct. 14  –  Stop by Taylor’s Hill Park (behind Richmond Hill) anytime between 9:30am-12:30pm to watch Mending Walls artists …

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We are always discovering new ways that we are more alike than different. Join us for an event now and make a new friend.

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Being a friend requires no special skills. No official training. All you need is an open heart, a curious mind and whatever time you can share.

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Befriend is a lifestyle. It's all about showing compassion...