All Buddy Camp is a unique volunteer opportunity for rising juniors and seniors attending Charlottesville High School or an Albemarle County public or private high school. A “Big Buddy” at All Buddy Camp is paired with a preschool age student with special needs (Little Buddy) and works cooperatively with our professional program staff. Buddies work one-on-one with each other for the entire week of All Buddy Camp. The camp is a tribute to Robin and Mani Aldridge, who were committed to children with disabilities, art, and fun!
Robin and Mani were a mother and daughter who were tragically and prematurely lost to all of us who knew and loved them. Robin was a devoted and loyal mother, daughter, friend and gifted special needs preschool teacher. Mani was a high school student with a zest for all life had to offer. They both loved music, art and dance.
Each summer Robin taught a special needs preschool class in Albemarle County and Mani was always right there with her, helping in the classroom. Robin had a passion for helping young children acquire the social skills and problem solving skills they would need to get along with one another at school and in life. When Mani was in preschool friends and family would often ask her about her day at school and about friends she played with. Mani always told us "All buddy my friend, every day." Welcome to Robin & Mani's All Buddy camp. This is a wonderful tribute to two wonderful people!