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Kinship needs support of the community

Your local mentoring program for kids, Kinship of the Park Rapid Area, is grateful for your continued support. And we rely on you now more than ever!

In a recent survey, 100 percent of Kinship parents/guardians said their family has benefited from having their child in Kinship, and they would recommend mentoring to other families. Local results concur with Minnesota research showing that kids with mentors are more likely to stay in school, out of trouble, and off drugs. When a program is that positive, word spreads and the demand for services continues to grow.

The more you gave, the more youth we served. Kinship now has 45 kids matched with mentors and anticipates pairing 40-50 Reading Buddies with 1st graders in Nevis and Park Rapids this fall. Our preventive mentoring program costs less than $1,000 per child annually compared to $75,000 for a stay at a residential treatment center.

Because Kinship does not charge families for service, and state grants for mentoring no longer exist, we continue to rely on local people for financial support.

Besides direct cash donations, here is another fun way you can help this month:

There is just one week left to buy raffle tickets for the cedar clubhouse Northwoods Bank gave to Kinship. (If you don't have any young children in your family, consider selling it, giving it to a family who could use it, or donating it back to Kinship so it could be auctioned off, generating even more income for mentoring - while you take a charitable tax deduction.) Tickets are for sale at the Kinship office and many local businesses.

Jennifer Therkilsen

Kinship executive director