Local mentoring program in financial jeopardy


To the Editor:

I first came to live and work in Craig in 1977. It was experiencing the "boom" and even though it lacked some amenities that larger communities had, the people made it special knowing I wanted to raise my children here. I made it a point to become involved in several organizations that served to make Craig a wonderful place to live and work.

Daily I see dedicated people who volunteer their time and efforts to this cause.

On such organization is Moffat County Partners, a youth mentoring program. I was there for the first meeting that presented the concept several years ago, and I've watched it grow into a most valuable asset for youth in this community.

At the end of last month, our Lt. Governor attended a conference on behalf of Gov. Owens and presented a proclamation naming January National Mentoring Month in Colorado. Within two days, the state informed numerous mentoring programs around the state that they were cutting the remaining funds for the programs for 2003 and the funds previously approved for 2004.

These financial moves have resulted in drastic staff reductions in many programs across the state.

In Craig, the reductions have begun and the program is in jeopardy, even to the point that it may have to consider closing its doors.

This would mean closing the door on the youth presently in the program and the young people waiting for senior partners.

I know many people feel overrun with the different fund-raisers in our community. The wonderful response to the KRAI food and clothing drive at Christmas proved once again how generous our community can be. I would ask that you, as a community, come to the aid of this program and keep it running.

Donations do not have to be in dollars (which do help and are tax deductible), but you could donate pop, snacks, office supplies, etc., all which would go to reducing the operating cost of ongoing programs.

If you can help, please call the Partner's office at 826-4261. We need to keep this program running!

John W. Forgay,


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