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Buddy Program going strong

Dear Editor:

The Roaring Fork Valley is an amazing place to live for many reasons, and one of those reasons is that there are so many excellent nonprofit organizations. One of those that I’ll bet you’ve heard of is the Buddy Program. As you may know, the Buddy Program is a mentoring organization that connects children with mentors. They have been doing this for more than 38 years, and thousands of local children and adults have been positively affected by what they do.

What you may not realize is that over the last 10 years the Buddy Program has greatly expanded and now does much more than just match up kids and adults. It now plays a major role in the lives of hundreds of local adults, children and families each year. In addition to their traditional program, the Buddy Program now runs several other types of programs and activities. There is a school-based program where adult mentors meet with kids each week during the school day, a peer-to-peer program where high-schoolers mentor middle and elementary age kids, and an experiential program where kids participate in hut trips, a local camp, a youth camp in Moab, Utah, and monthly life-skills workshops. Additionally, when necessary, the Buddy Program connects kids with local therapists and provides scholarship money for extracurricular activities and continuing education for college.

If you’re one of the many people who have donated your time and/or money to this worthy organization I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you. If you haven’t had a chance to become a mentor, volunteer at one of their events or lend your financial support, I’d like to strongly encourage you to do so. These days the need is greater than ever, while the resources available to children and families are limited. More and more, the Buddy Program is called upon to provide various kinds of assistance to many members of our community, but unfortunately due to budgetary constraints, as well as a lack of mentors, the Buddy Program is not able to help everyone who asks. The Buddy Program is focused on helping hundreds of people in this valley become the best people they can be, and it truly deserves your support.

Adam Goldsmith

Board member, the Buddy Program

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