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Thank you from the Buddy Program

I want to thank the community members who attended our reception at Town. on Nov. 19 to learn more about the need for youth mentoring and volunteer opportunities at the Buddy Program. We are grateful to Town. and Mark Fischer as well as Oskar Blues Brewery for hosting us and creating a delicious 5-course meal and ale pairing, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Buddy Program. This inspiring evening included remarks from Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch Bernot, who spoke of the need for youth serving organizations and the benefits of giving your time to a young person. Thank you, Stacey, for being a valued stakeholder for our organization. We are also grateful to our Leadership Development Board Members who helped organize this event: Jim Palardy, Jared Goulet, Kaitlin Windle, Summer Berg, Andrea Bryan, Anna Bugge, Chris Cohen, Chelsea Dillon, Candace Huffman, Charles Lucarelli, Stephanie Peterman, Emily Petrilla, Rebecca Polan, Kirsten Schmit and Chris Streifel.

This year, as of July, we have served 260 children in Carbondale through our 5 mentoring programs, including Lemonade Day. There are many more youth in need of a caring adult mentor. To learn more about volunteering as a Big Buddy, please contact me at 970-920-2130 or

Heather Hicks

Director of Recruitment

The Buddy Program

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