As the calendar turns into 2009, the economy remains a top concern. We see what is happening at a local level: businesses are closing, workers facing layoffs, wages frozen. It is not a surprise that the current economic environment also affects non-profit organizations, such as Kinship Partners. We recognize the cruel facts of economic downturn and budget cuts by being disciplined about our spending, examining creative ways to generate funds, and serving children and families most in need of our program.
It is also hardly surprising that the number of children enrolled in the Kinship Partners program is growing, due in part to the economic stressors facing families. Right now 38 children are waiting to be partnered with an adult. We have especially seen numbers grow in the last few months. However, some children have been waiting longer. Sasha from Pine River has been without a partner for over a year. Zach from Brainerd has been waiting for 1 _ years. David from the Crosby area is edging towards 3 years of anticipating his special adult friend. Could you blame them if they have given up hope?
It is also hardly surprising that the number of children enrolled in the Kinship Partners program is growing, due in part to the economic stressors facing families.
By becoming an adult partner to a Kinship kid, you will be improving that child's opportunity for success. But the extra bonus is what is in store for you. Research shows that people that mentor have improved health, enhanced self-image, greater patience and a more positive connection with youth and diversity. These volunteers acquire new skills, friendships and perhaps gain insight into their own childhood or children.
It is said "If you help someone up the hill, you get closer to the top yourself." Do your part to improve the quality of life in your corner of the world. Kinship Partners serves children and families from Crow Wing and southern Cass County. A few hours each week means so much to these children in need. Call 829-4606 or toll free 877-730-5437 and speak to a program coordinator serving your local community. You may also check out our website at www.kinshippartners.org and read the profiles of children on our waiting lists. "Become a mentor for what you can give. Stay a mentor for what you receive."
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