So what happened to Kinship of Emmet County? some people may have been asking.
Well, great things, actually.
Facing a climate of dwindling mentoring grants, Kinship of Emmet County last year decided to join forces with Kinship of Dickinson County under the umbrella of the Bedell Family YMCA. While Kinship of Emmet County easily had enough money to continue operating for another year even without additional grant money the board unanimously decided to join with Kinship of Dickinson County and Bedell Family YMCA.
As a result, Kinship kids in Emmet County have access to a wealth of activities and events they never had before, such as trips to the Washington Pavillion in Sioux Falls, S.D. or to Sioux Falls Pheasants baseball games. They can also go to camp at Camp Foster at no charge whatsoever.
So what's this big deal about mentoring? some may ask.
The fact is that all kids can benefit from mentoring. Iowa has more families with both parents working than in any other state in the union. And that's despite the fact that Iowans have some of the strongest family values in the country. Another fact is that Iowans believe in taking care of themselves, of picking themselves up by their bootstraps when they're down and getting back into the ring. And if it takes both parents working to put bread on the table and clothes on their children's backs, so be it. That's what Iowans do because that's what needs to be done.
Iowans are also known for their volunteering. That was apparent in Lake Charles, La. Right after Hurricane Katrina when observers there said it was the Iowa emergency management team that took charge of a disarray or volunteers in an old K-mart building and got things rolling. And it was an Iowan, Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who was the first living member of the U.S. armed forces to receive the Medal of Honor since Vietnam.
Now it's time for Iowans to help Iowans. And one of the best way to do that right here in Emmet County is to become a mentor with YMCA Kinship. Male mentors are particularly needed.
If you think you have what it takes to be a mentor, please contact YMCA Kinship coordinator Melony Renze at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 712-330-9738.