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Letter: Love your community

In honor of the community’s overwhelming generosity with donations and funding as well as our Big Buddies who support, encourage and guide the youth in our community, we at the Buddy Program are very happy to announce our new Love Your Community initiative.

With this new initiative, we are asking Little Buddies to participate in community service at least twice per year. Whether Little Buddies’ service is through random acts of kindness or through formal projects with outside agencies, the Love Your Community initiative is the Buddy Program’s way of teaching Little Buddies the importance of giving their time and effort for the sake of giving alone — the payment being the joy of living in a wonderful community.

As part of this initiative, and in order to gain momentum and awareness of it, we will be having a fun gathering of Little Buddies, parents and Big Buddies at 9 a.m. Saturday at two locations: The Buddy Program office at the Red Brick Center for the Arts and on the lawn of the Basalt Buddy Program office at Basalt Elementary School. We will be serving morning snacks, organizing, raising awareness and then sending the kids on their way to work. If you feel that you have something to give to this opportunity, such as a story about volunteerism to motivate and inspire this group of future volunteers or any other type of contribution, please contact Sarah Evans at the Buddy Program.

We are counting on community, family and Big Buddy support with this new initiative through role modeling and encouraging children to look for opportunities for random acts of kindness such as picking up trash on a trail or riverside or helping a community member in need with a chore or meal. Little Buddies may wish to complete a formal project through a local organization. We have volunteer opportunities listed on our website, BuddyProgram.org, so anyone can check out specific volunteer needs that different local organizations may have.

On behalf of the Little Buddies whose lives are changed by the work we do at the Buddy Program and the Buddy Program staff, thank you to this community that continues to show such overwhelming generosity and support. Without the spirit of volunteerism that is so great in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Buddy Program would not be able to continue our work. Thank you.

Sarah Evans

Senior program coordinator and case manager, the Buddy Program