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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ford County

Contact Person: Jenny Fisher

Jenny Fisher

Executive Director

Address: 2601 Central Avenue

2601 Central Avenue

Dodge City, KS 67801

Phone: 620.225.0432

620.225.0432

eMail: jisher@ksbbbs.org

jisher@ksbbbs.org

Web Site: www.kansasbigs.org

www.kansasbigs.org

Information: Vision: all children achieve success in life.

Vision: all children achieve success in life.

Mission: provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We help kids ages 5-17 from various cultures and backgrounds.

Mentoring Makes a Difference

Studies show that kids who are matched with a Big Brother, Big Sister, Family Match or Couples Match are:

46% less likely to use drugs (70% for minority youth)

27% less likely to use alcohol

52% less likely to skip school

33% less likely to use violence to resolve problems

School-Based Mentoring

A School-based mentor meets with a child once a week at the child’s school, during the school day. A mentor can help with school work, play games or just listen to things going on in the child’s life. This takes less than one hour and makes a huge difference to a child.

Community-Based Mentoring

A Community-based mentor typically spends time with a child three to four times each month. The time usually consists of doing whatever activity they both enjoy. It could be playing ball, washing the car, riding bikes, baking cookies, or just spending time together. We encourage volunteers to include the child in their regular activities. There is no charge to the volunteer, the child, or the child’s family.

Santa Fe Trail Council Boy Scouts of America

Contact Person: Marvin Wilson

Marvin Wilson

Address: 1513 E Fulton

Garden City, Kansas 67801

Phone: 620.275.5162

Information: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

CASA (Children Worth Saving, Inc.)

Contact Person: Kristin Hines, Executive Director

Kristin Hines, Executive Director

Address: 2008 1st Avenue, Suite #806

2008 1st Avenue, Suite #806

PO Box 843

Dodge City, Kansas 67801

Phone: 620.225.1278

620.225.1278

FAX: 620.225.0815

620.225.0815

eMail: casadodge@sbcglobal.net

casadodge@sbcglobal.net

Web Site: www.kansascasa.org/district16

www.kansascasa.org/district16

Information: Court-appointed special advocates serve Clark, Comanche, Ford, Gray, Kiowa and Meade Counties. CASA advocates for children 0 to 18 years old in the local court systems so they have a voice. Volunteers are encouraged to inquire about possible advocate openings.

Court-appointed special advocates serve Clark, Comanche, Ford, Gray, Kiowa and Meade Counties. CASA advocates for children 0 to 18 years old in the local court systems so they have a voice. Volunteers are encouraged to inquire about possible advocate openings.

Catholic Social Service

Contact Person: Amy Falcon

: Amy Falcon

Address: 906 Central

906 Central

Dodge City, Kansas 67801

Phone: 620.227.1562

620.227.1562

eMail: afalcon@catholicsocialservice.org

afalcon@catholicsocialservice.org

Web Page: catholicsocialservice.org

: catholicsocialservice.org

Information: Adoption, Pregnancy Counseling, Teen Moms Program, Addictions, The Benefit Bank, Search and Reunion, Marriage for Keeps, Infant Adoption Awareness Training; Americorp Application - qualification process: Varies Volunteer Opportunities: Teen Moms Program Mentors, Meal Providers and Discovery Workshop teachers; fundraising; food assistance applications and tax returns

: Adoption, Pregnancy Counseling, Teen Moms Program, Addictions, The Benefit Bank, Search and Reunion, Marriage for Keeps, Infant Adoption Awareness Training; Americorp Application - qualification process: Varies Volunteer Opportunities: Teen Moms Program Mentors, Meal Providers and Discovery Workshop teachers; fundraising; food assistance applications and tax returns

Child Care Aware® of Southwest Kansas

Contact Person: Crissa Salmans, Child Care

Crissa Salmans, Child Care

Consultant/Infant-Toddler Recruitment Specialist

Address: 2018 1st Avenue

2018 1st Avenue

Suite #801

Dodge City, Kansas 67801

Phone: 620.227.9587

620.227.9587

Toll Free Phone: 866.550.1510

866.550.1510

FAX: 620.275.4102

620.275.4102

eMail: csalmans@ccaswks.org

csalmans@ccaswks.org

Web Site: www.cccswks.org

www.cccswks.org

Information: Family services are free to childcare providers and families looking for child care. Counties served include Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Greely, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Pawnee, Pratt, Scott Seward, Stafford, Stanton, and Wichita. Volunteers are needed to help with bulk mailings and monthly orders.

Family services are free to childcare providers and families looking for child care. Counties served include Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Greely, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Pawnee, Pratt, Scott Seward, Stafford, Stanton, and Wichita. Volunteers are needed to help with bulk mailings and monthly orders.

Mission Statement: Child Care Aware® of Southwest Kansas is dedicated to supporting child care parents and the early childhood community to enhance child care services throughout Southwest Kansas.

Child Care Aware® of Southwest Kansas is dedicated to supporting child care parents and the early childhood community to enhance child care services throughout Southwest Kansas.

Child Support Enforcement: SRS

Contact Person:

Address: 1509 Avenue P

1509 Avenue P

Dodge City, KS 67801

Phone: 620.227.8508

620.227.8508

Toll Free Phone: 888.369.4777

888.369.4777

Information: The Kansas Child Support Enforcement program helps children receive the financial support they are due. The program assists by enforcing child support orders, locating absent parents and their property, getting an order of paternity, getting an order for cash child support, getting and enforcing an order for health insurance coverage for a child, and/or watching to make sure support payments come in regularly. CSE automatically serves families receiving Temporary Assistance to Families (TAF), foster care, medical assistance, food assistance, and child care assistance. CSE also serves any family, regardless of income or residency, who needs and applies for CSE services.

The Kansas Child Support Enforcement program helps children receive the financial support they are due. The program assists by enforcing child support orders, locating absent parents and their property, getting an order of paternity, getting an order for cash child support, getting and enforcing an order for health insurance coverage for a child, and/or watching to make sure support payments come in regularly. CSE automatically serves families receiving Temporary Assistance to Families (TAF), foster care, medical assistance, food assistance, and child care assistance. CSE also serves any family, regardless of income or residency, who needs and applies for CSE services.

Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas

Contact Person: Pat Hamit, Executive Director

Pat Hamit, Executive Director

Address: 114 Gunsmoke Avenue

114 Gunsmoke Avenue

PO Box 1313

Dodge City, KS 67801

Phone: 620.225.0959

620.225.0959

FAX: 620.225.4946

620.225.4946

eMail: steph.cfsk@sbcglobal.net

steph.cfsk@sbcglobal.net

Web Site: www.communityfoundationSWKS.com

www.communityfoundationSWKS.com

Information: The Community Foundation accepts grant requests from non-profit organizations, schools and government entities that are concerned with children’s well-being and development. Monies are disbursed through the use of scholarships to worthy students of good character and through the Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund established as part of the "Grow Healthy Kansas" initiative involving community foundations throughout the State of Kansas.

The Community Foundation accepts grant requests from non-profit organizations, schools and government entities that are concerned with children’s well-being and development. Monies are disbursed through the use of scholarships to worthy students of good character and through the Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund established as part of the "Grow Healthy Kansas" initiative involving community foundations throughout the State of Kansas.

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland

Contact Person: Danielle Murray

Danielle Murray

Address: 114 Grant Avenue

114 Grant Avenue

Garden City, KS 67846

Phone: 620.276.7061

620.276.7061

FAX: 620.276.7143

620.276.7143

eMail: dmurray@gskh.org

dmurray@gskh.org

Web Page: http://kansasgirlscouts.org/ Information: We provide premier leadership development for girls Application - qualification process: You must fill out a volunteer application which does include a criminal background check and you must register to be a Girl Scout. Volunteer Opportunities: troop leaders and co-leaders, trainers, camp and event coordinators, product sales organizers, girl recruiters & volunteer recruiters.

http://kansasgirlscouts.org/ We provide premier leadership development for girls Application - qualification process: You must fill out a volunteer application which does include a criminal background check and you must register to be a Girl Scout. Volunteer Opportunities: troop leaders and co-leaders, trainers, camp and event coordinators, product sales organizers, girl recruiters & volunteer recruiters.

Kansas Children Service League Contact Person: Virginia Sumaya

Virginia Sumaya

Address: 1517 Fulton Terrace

1517 Fulton Terrace

Garden City, KS 67846

Phone: 620.805.6454 ext. 1134

620.805.6454 ext. 1134

Cell Phone: 620.682.0455

620.682.0455

eMail: v.sumaya@hotmail.com Web Page KCSL.org

v.sumaya@hotmail.com KCSL.org

Information: Parenting Classes & Support Groups for anybody raising children. Application - qualification process: It is free and confidential. Volunteer Opportunities: Become a Volunteer Facilitator or be an Assistant to VF.

Parenting Classes & Support Groups for anybody raising children. Application - qualification process: It is free and confidential. Volunteer Opportunities: Become a Volunteer Facilitator or be an Assistant to VF.

Little Learners Preschool Center

Contact Person: Diane Clark

Diane Clark

Address: 1000 6th Avenue

1000 6th Avenue

Dodge City, KS 67801

Phone: 620.338.8647

620.338.8647

Information: Preschool classes for children 3-5 and school day out program.

Preschool classes for children 3-5 and school day out program.

Project Teen Safe, Inc./The Alley

Contact Person: Melissa Province

Melissa Province

Address: 2200 1st Avenue

2200 1st Avenue

Dodge City, KS 67801

Phone: 620.225.8282

620.225.8282

FAX: 620.225.8284

620.225.8284

St. Francis Academy

Contact: Veronica Romero

Veronica Romero

Address: 705 1st Avenue, Suite C

705 1st Avenue, Suite C

Dodge City, KS 67801

Phone: 620.225.1442

620.225.1442

SRS (Social and Rehabilitative Services)

Address: 1509 Avenue P

1509 Avenue P

Dodge City, KS 67801

Phone: 620.227.8508

620.227.8508

Toll Free Phone: 888.369.4777

888.369.4777

Methodist Youthville

Contact Person: Mike Hoar

Mike Hoar

Address: 11200 Lariat Way

11200 Lariat Way

PO Box 1394

Dodge City, KS 67801-394

Phone: 620.225.0276

620.225.0276

FAX: 620.225.0279

620.225.0279

Web Site: www.youthville.org

www.youthville.org

Information: Serves Western Kansas, including Ford County. Youthville is one of the largest nonprofit child welfare agencies in Kansas, specializing in residential treatment, adolescent psychiatric residential treatment centers, children and family services, alcohol and drug treatment. The agency's 600 employees are passionate about its mission of giving back a

Serves Western Kansas, including Ford County. Youthville is one of the largest nonprofit child welfare agencies in Kansas, specializing in residential treatment, adolescent psychiatric residential treatment centers, children and family services, alcohol and drug treatment. The agency's 600 employees are passionate about its mission of giving back a

childhood to the 1,000 Kansas children who suffer from abuse, neglect, abandonment, and trauma. Volunteers are needed. Please refer to their Website for more information and application forms.