The Child in Need column is writen each week to encourage adults to volunteer their time to be a mentor to a young person in our local communities. Today we share a few ways that adults in our area have made a difference in the lives of area children.
Several of the children in the Kinship program went fishing for the first time this summer, thanks to their adult partners who share an interest in the sport. Two young girls had an opportunity to learn how to swim this summer when their partners volunteered to assist with getting them to and from their lessons. One of the young girls has also become quite accomplished at ceramics as she and her partner share an interest in creating and painting pots.
Many of the boys and girls have been on picnics, gone boating, helped with planting and tending the garden. The kids have helped to prepare meals and shared a meal with their parents. But most importantly they have had an opportunity to spend one to one time with an adult who had a couple of hours a week to listen to how their summer was going.
In addition to providing the children with an opportunity to explore new areas and attempt new endeavors, the children have also learned what it means to have a friend and to be a friend. When adult partners are consistent about regular contact and they follow through with the plans they make to get together, it reinforces what it takes to maintain a friendship. The children benefit in ways that are difficult to measure, but there is always a benefit to the kids. If you have a hobby or an interest that you would like to share with a friend, it may be that there is a child on our waiting list who would share that interest.
If we can answer any questions or provide information about the Kinship Partners program, please call one of our area offices at Brainerd (218) 829-4606, Crosby (218) 546-7308, or Pequot Lakes (218) 568-4015. We would be pleased to answer any questions or provide any information you may need.
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