The United Way of Vermillion supports numerous community service agencies and programs including the Big Friend-Little Friend program.
The Big Friend-Little Friend program began matching youth in 1997 and matches youths 5-17 years old in Clay and Union counties. The program is open to adults who are at least 18 years old, and all mentors go through a background check before they are accepted into the program.
BF-LF, Inc. is a 501 ©3 nonprofit corporation, which is supported in part by the United Way of Vermillion, as well as civic and social organizations, individual donors and corporate sponsors. Additional event sponsors and donors are always welcome to
contact John Gille, program director, at 605-356-2571, to find out how they can be a sustaining sponsor. The UW funds help the program pay for background checks, mileage to service matches, and supports regular fun function and group activities for members. The organization also holds an annual bike ride, with many riders for the tri-state area. There are currently 23 matches in the program, with the majority of youths and volunteers right in Vermillion. four boys and two girls would like a mentor, so e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about being a mentor.
The board is made up of a great group of volunteers, including Lisa Nydam, Charlene Cowan, Marcia Harnois, Dan Kenton, Casey Fideler, and John Gille. Feel free to call the director to learn more about the program, or visit its Web site, www.bflfmentoring.org, and click on the volunteer button for applications. Be a mentor, be a friend.