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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • United Way helps Big Brothers Big Sisters

  • The United Way of Dodge City began its annual campaign on Sept. 1. The campaign will run until Feb. 14. In light of United Way’s efforts to raise funds for charitable organizations in Dodge City, the Daily Globe will be profiling these organizations, starting with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

    Many young children could use a mentor and that is where Big Brothers Big Sisters come into play.
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  • The United Way of Dodge City began its annual campaign on Sept. 1. The campaign will run until Feb. 14. In light of United Way’s efforts to raise funds for charitable organizations in Dodge City, the Daily Globe will be profiling these organizations, starting with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Many young children could use a mentor and that is where Big Brothers Big Sisters come into play. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the world’s largest mentoring organization and provides children facing adversity with strong one-on-one relationships. The organization has been consistently active in Dodge City since 2000. It is fairing strong in town, with 80 active matches, but additional mentors are always being sought after. The local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization is divided into two programs. One is the Bigs In Schools program, where volunteers mentor a child at school once a week for thirty minutes. The other is a community-based program where volunteers mentor outside of school. Volunteers spend a couple of hours with their “Little,” going to the park or engaging in other activities. “I think we’re extremely important to the community because we’re impacting the lives of our youth,” said Jenny Fisher, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ford County. Statistics show that children matched through the program are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, less likely to skip school and less likely to use violence to resolve problems. Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters is the second largest state representation of the organization after Texas.

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