We started the week off at SCMC's Fall Into Health event on Monday. We had a great time updating our friends, neighbors, and supporters about our program. It was great fun engaging some new faces with a "Healthy Kids Jeopardy" game. Thank you to all of those who came out to help at our table and thank you to all of those who stopped by to visit with us! It takes a village to make this thing called mentoring work!
On Tuesday, our Board Member, Algene Larson, spoke about our program at the Women of the ELCA-Glacial Ridge Conference. We appreciate Algene's continual support and the Women of the ELCA who will be donating a 1/4 of their offering to make sure the kids in Stevens County have access to positive, caring mentors.
This week we have continued planning for our upcoming events. We will be participating in the Parade of Lights again this year. We are currently seeking Kinship kids, parents, and mentors to join us in walking/riding in the parade the evening of Nov. 16th. We will also be holding a Parade Prep Party on Nov. 4th from 1 to 3pm if anyone is interested in helping they should contact Andrea at email@example.com by Nov. 1st. In addition, on Nov. 16th we will be participating in Give to the Max Day! This year our goal is to raise $10,000--but, we are already half way there with a donor challenge of $5,000 from a generous local donor. We are still collecting "Why Mentoring" photos to help with our campaign. We are asking our supporters to make a sign that says in 5 words or less why you support mentoring and send us a photo of yourself holding the sign as pictured here. Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most important and exciting part of the week has been our newest mentoring match! It was so much fun at our "match meeting" with Nikki and Ariana. They have big plans to go to the library, go swimming, and the park together! Their excitement was contagious.
Lastly, we currently seeking mentors (males) for our two young men who are waiting!
Waiting Kid Profiles:
-Aurelius is a very smart eight year old boy who lives in Morris. He is the big brother to two younger sisters. He enjoys spending time with his mom, dad, and sisters. He enjoys reading, watching movies (Harry Potter and Star Wars are some favorites), playing video games, board games, chess, soccer, and going to the park. He is seeking a mentor who is patient, likes to read, play chess and/or soccer, and can help him grow socially.
-Matthew is a very friendly and active eleven year old young man who lives in Morris. He is an excellent big brother who loves spending time with his friends and family. He enjoys science, building things, playing video games, cooking, eating, playing outside, climbing, basketball, and listening to music. He is very excited to find a mentor who is active, patient, and willing to try new things with him.
Complete a mentor application today at www.rusckinship.org!
Until Next Week,
"Why Mentoring" Sample":
Meet Nikki & Ari!
After a week of relaxing vacation and family time this week has mostly consisted of planning ahead for our winter events and campaigns.
As you should already know, Give to the Max Day is one month away on November 16th! Of course we celebrate the largest online giving day in MN. This year our goal is to raise $10,000 to support our program on Give to the Max Day--the most exciting part about our campaign is that we already have a $5,000 generously donated as a donor challenge to help get us to our goal. We are still collecting "Why Mentoring?" for this campaign. We will be collecting photos leading up to G2MD, but hope to collect the majority of them by Nov. 1st. Have you made your's yet?
We are looking forward to attending SCMC's Fall Into Health event on Monday, October 23rd where we will have a table with information and will be featuring a "Healthy Kids Jeopardy" game with prizes. We hope you all will stop by and visit us.
It seems too early, but there is no such thing. We are beginning our plans for our float for the Parade of Lights on Nov. 15th, as well.
On December 4th at 6:30pm at the Morris Area High School Auditorium we will be showing the documentary "Resilience" about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the hope that invested communities can offer. We hope to see you all there.
The most exciting part of this week has been meeting with a family of TWO young people seeking mentors. We look forward to finding a great mentor for them!
Until Next Week,
It is a short week in the office this week due to staff training all day Thursday and the beginning of vacation time beginning Friday, October 6th.
We will have adjusted office hours the week of October 9th as follows:
Tuesday-12:30 to 4pm
Wednesday-12:30 to 4pm
Thursday-12:30 to 4pm
Regular hours will resume on October 16th.
Even though it has been a short week, it has been an exciting week. Here are some highlights:
This week we received a NEW mentor application from a family of five! We can't wait to find a match for this great family after harvest wraps up a bit, freeing up some time for them.
In addition, we received a NEW youth enrollment this week! So, we hope to get some of our waiting kids matched soon, but as usual, the most important thing to us is to make QUALITY matches and to do so it takes a pool of both mentors and mentees to find a good fit.
We are thrilled that our Community Patio at Pomme De Terre Park continues to be a fundraising source for us. We are so grateful to the FAMB Law Offices for contributing to this project this week by sponsoring a 24x24 brick! What a great addition this will be to the patio. THANK YOU!!!
As I will be out of the office next week,
Until October 20th...