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County Kinship looking for mentors – January is declared Iowa Mentoring Month

By Staff | Jan 25, 2008

Since January is Iowa Mentoring Month, Emmet County Kinship is putting a special emphasis on seeking mentors for children taking part in the Kinship program.

Emmet County Kinship now has 23 matches of children and caring adult mentors who spend a minimum of one hour each week with their kin child. Kinship, which is a program similar to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, is based in Brainerd, Minn., and serves children throughout the U.S.

Gov. Chet Culver has proclaimed January as Iowa Mentoring Month. As a former mentor, Gov. Culver is an advocate for mentoring across Iowa.

“Time spent with a child is not only an investment in that child but an investment in every Iowan,” said Gov. Culver. Every year mentoring programs in Iowa and across the country celebrate the positive impacts of mentoring in January by raising awareness around mentoring, recognizing outstanding mentors, and recruiting mentors for the upcoming year.

Locally, mentors are continually needed for Emmet County Kinship. And parents who have children who might benefit from the Kinship program are encouraged to apply.

Businesses and philanthropic organizations are encouraged, too, to keep Emmet County Kinship in mind when making endowment designations.

And, for those planning their estates, no legacy could be better or more precious than helping guide a child toward success in his or her life through a caring adult role model.

Many children up to age 18 can benefit from participating in the Kinship program. Through no fault of their own, many children find themselves not having both parents in the house. Whether it’s a single-parent home, death of a parent, a parent serving his or her country overseas, a parent doing shift work when the child is home, a parent who is frequently gone (such as a salesperson or truck driver), all situations present difficulties for children who need two sets of ears to help them develop as happy and productive adults. Kinship fills that need by matching children with good adult role models who care.

Thanks to the generous donations of businesses throughout Emmet County, Emmet County Kinship mentors receive coupons and discounts to take their Kin child to restaurants, theaters, and other entertainment.

If you would like to become a mentor, if you have a child who could benefit from Kinship, or if you are a business or person who would like to help build tomorrow by helping the youth of today, call Emmet County Kinship at 712-362-2828.

Kinship seeks books for used book sale

Emmet County Kinship is asking anyone with used books they no longer need to donate them for a book sale Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5.

The sale will be held at the lodge at Fort Defiance State Park in conjunction with the annual Artisans Road Trip. The sale hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Books are sought in all categories, particularly novels, romances, westerns, mysteries, self-help, how-to, and other nonfiction categories. Books may be worn, but it is preferred that they be clean and have all the pages and have covers attached.

Books may be dropped off at the Estherville Daily News from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Books will be categorized by genre with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Emmet County Kinship.

Kinship matches caring adult mentors while children who can benefit through companionship with an adult role model. To learn more about Kinship, call 362-2828.