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You can make an impact!

Support Kinship Partners & The Lunch Buddy programs in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

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You can make an impact!

Our mission is to provide intentional opportunities for meaningful connections. Sometimes those connections last a lifetime, and sometimes for a school year. Through our Lunch Buddies program, we connect caring volunteer mentors with elementary-aged kids for a lunchtime connection point. Volunteers meet with youth twice per month to enjoy lunch and and activity together. In only two hours per month, our partnerships create wonderful relationships that benefit our youth and our mentors!

Lunch Buddies is more structured than our community-based program, and a Kinship staff person is always on hand to provide activities and support.

School staff and caregivers have said kids participating in Lunch Buddies tend to have better attendance in school, diminished behavioral issues, and a better attitude!

Here is what a few Lunch Buddy kids have to say….

"I like spending time with people who make me feel happy. I love the activities." -Justin

"It makes me feel special."-Greyson

"It is my favorite day of the week!"-Neveah

Now, more than ever, your gift to Kinship Partners will provide kids with the strong social connections research shows are necessary for truly healthy lives.

Your donation will go a long way to helping us meet our goals for Kinship Partners Lunch Buddies programs.