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National Kinship director meets with local group

By Staff | May 5, 2011

Kinship of Emmet County received some great firsthand advice Tuesday when board members met with David Downing, Kinship national director.

Downing was just concluding a visit this week as part of the Kinship national conference in Okoboji.

Wearing two hats – as both the local director in the Brainerd, Minn., area as well as national director, Downing said the focus of the Kinship national office is to support existing Kinship programs and to help new programs hit the ground running.

Downing recalled how Kinship started as a faith-based mentoring program in the Twin Cities, and has since moved its national headquarters to Brainerd.

Downing urges local Kinship chapters to retain their own identify. He also noted two key focus areas – recruiting mentors and remaining financially viable. “You guys are in the same boat as most of the Kinship programs out there,” Downing said.

Downing said a donor development committee structure could also be used as a model to recruit members, with a constant focus on raising support and assisting mentors.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Kinship mentor, call 362-2828.