why benchfriend exists and what we do...


It's not easy being a kid. From a young age I struggled with loneliness and depression so I know how tough it can be growing up. After completing a project where I lead a team building session designing buddy benches, I had the pleasure of installing one of these benches at Beach Elementary in Portland, Oregon. At that moment when we bolted the bench into the playground blacktop and connected with the kids I realized this is the kind of work I want to do. These benches are established at Elementary Schools as a tool to make friends and create a caring environment. My mission is to create as many benches as possible. This the beginning of my journey. Many more projects and efforts will follow. Stay tuned...

katy kolego, founder



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