Partners has egg-ceptional fund-raising plan

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Agencies and business throughout Moffat County have again prepared themselves to throw eggs at customers. More than 100 business and agencies are readying eggs for anyone who comes into their premises to benefit the Moffat County Partners, a youth mentoring program. Fortunately, the eggs will be paper.

The third-annual Paper Easter Egg campaign was launched Friday, co-sponsored by KBCR, Big Country Radio. The fund-raiser runs through April 14.

"Our goal is to raise $2,500 this year. Last year, our goal was $1,600, and we ended up just over that," said Debi Landoll, Director of Moffat County Partners, a non-profit, community -based program. "The money is used to sponsor activities for youths and their mentors."

It is also used to run Partners' programs like the screening and training process for adult mentors, Landoll said.

For a $1 donation, community members can show their support for Moffat County Partners by having their personalized Paper Easter Eggs displayed at business where the donations were made.

Taco Bell holds the rotating plaque awarded to the business that "gathers" the most eggs each year.

"The employees said they will keep the plaque this year, too," Landoll said.

The Partners program matches adult volunteers with at-risk youths, and organizes activities and events for the pairs. Partners provides an opportunity for one-on-one and group mentoring. The goal of Partners is to offer support for youths and their families, and providing at-risk youths with alternative activities while instilling life-skills.

Moffat County Sheriff's Department Deputy Courtland Folks is a mentor with Partners, and strongly supports the program.

"As far as community organizations go, Partners is one of the better ones. They do a decent job of getting kids away from certain environments, and supporting the families. The system allows us to give support without pressure to make money or do counseling. It allows for friendships to form," Folks said. "The Partners program administrators are excellent. They provided us the ability to handle almost any situation, and give us access to various youth systems.

"Partners is a worthwhile program for the community," Folks said. "The more backing they get, the better."

Partners has been organized in Colorado for 31 years.

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