Letter: Biggest buddies
The Buddy Program is proud to announce that this year’s Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Award will be given to two of our mentors: Big Buddy Anne Blackwell for her dedication to her Little Buddy Samantha for the past five years, and former AHS student and Peer-to-Peer Big Buddy Elizabeth de Wetter.
Anne, along with her husband, Clarence, were matched with Samantha when she was 8 years old and since that day, they have actively participated in numerous activities and events. They enjoy arts and crafts, cooking and going to art shows, but Anne and Clarence have always taken their mentor relationship to a higher level by supporting Samantha’s academics as well: They have spent many hours helping her with homework, attending school functions, etc. When Anne was asked about her involvement in the Buddy Program last year, she said: “I do a lot of other volunteer work in our community, but I love the individual time Samantha and I spend together, it’s very meaningful. I’ve had a blessed life — I need to pass it on.”
Elizabeth volunteered in the Buddy Program’s Peer-to-Peer mentoring program, where high school students mentor an elementary or middle school student once a week during the school year, for all three of her eligible years. She displayed a genuine desire to volunteer and expressed that it was the highlight of her week. She was aware of the positive effect on both her Little Buddy and herself, displaying great maturity and insight. She took the responsibility to heart and was always both humble in demeanor and extremely reliable.
Community program director, The Buddy Program
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