All around us the pace of life has gone into overdrive. People are rushing off to work and then rushing home for recreation time, children are hurrying to after-school sports and activities and families are gathering to celebrate weddings and graduations.
Although Kinship Partners is in overdrive when it comes to enrolling children, we have stalled out in the adult partner category. With over 50 children on the waiting list again, we are in desperate need of adult partners, and with over 30 of the children on the waiting list being boys, as usual we need male partners.
We need 50 more individuals, couples or families to get into gear and make the decision to become adult partners. No matter what you or your family enjoy doing for fun, we have a child that would fit right in. We have little boys who would love to play t-ball, baseball or soccer this summer, but they have no way to get to practice or games. We have little girls who love dance and gymnastics, but again, there is no one available to make sure they get to scheduled practices and recitals. We have children who love books but don't have a library card, are wonderful artists but have no art supplies. We have future chefs, engineers, teachers, contractors, plumbers, etc. who need an adult friend to guide them.
Our world is a busy place and it is understandable that people believe they are way too busy to be a Kinship Partner at this time. However, our list of adult partners is filled with names of people who are extremely busy. When asked how they manage to find the time to be partners, the overwhelming response is that they can find the time for something so important in the life of a child. With over 58,000 residents and 23,000 households in Crow Wing county (minus the 150 people who are already Kinship Partners), couldn't just 50 of you decide to become partners this week? We need you and so do our kids.
You can reach us at 829-4606 in Brained, firstname.lastname@example.org; 568-4015 in Pequot Lakes, email@example.com or toll free at 1-877-730-5437. You can also visit our website at www.kinship.brainerd.com.
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