Editor's Note: 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. This week's organization is Ford County Kids Count.
Are you and your family in a crisis or in need of assistance? Ford County Kids Count is there to help.
Ford County Kids Count provides family education, from parenting classes to teen pregnancy prevention programs. Ford County Kids Count also publishes a resource brochure for the community.
The organization is constantly adding new programs and recently initiated a mentoring program for women leaving jail. The organization's services are offered in both English and Spanish.
Ford County Kids Count has been active in Dodge City since 1994. It works with about 275 families and educates between 800 and 1,000 students each year.
“I think it brings education and awareness to families and a willingness to network and work with families to try to bring hope and a sense of family back into what that means,” Executive Director Tammie West said. “… We always try to be visionary in looking forward in what families need today and then try to meet those needs so they can be better families.”
Last year Ford County Kids Count received $19,000 from the United Way. The funds went toward the organization's parent education program. This year's funds will go toward the same program. In total United Way of Dodge City's campaign goal for this year is $290,000.
Ford County Kids Count is located at 2010 1st Ave. They can be reached at 620-225-2331.