A Plea

Greetings,

 

Now in existence for over 19 years, the Mitchell County Bridges Mentoring Program strives to continue providing quality mentoring services and offerings to youth in Osage, St. Ansgar and Riceville school districts.  We invite you to experience one or more of the many exciting events we are offering this year and witness firsthand the pride we take in supporting our local youth.

 

It is our mission to strengthen the self-esteem and social skills of area youth by providing positive mentoring relationships to them at no cost. Your involvement in the program will assist youth and family members in their development of trusting relationships, improvement of personal relationships and increasing their sense of self-worth. As with all quality programing, costs to run the Bridges program have increased over time, while available grant funds have decreased greatly. We have fought through difficult financial times before and through your generous contributions we were able to continue providing much needed opportunities for youth in our area.

 

I am writing to you with an urgent request for your assistance. In order to fulfill our mission and provide these services in our community, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. We ask that you make a commitment to support our annual request by making a monetary donation. Our goal this year is to raise $20,000 to continue to provide the programs we offer.

 

Please give your most generous contribution of $50, $100, $500, $1,000 or more today to help us continue to provide positive mentoring services to our youth!

 

Every dollar you donate will assist us in reaching our goal and insure that we are able to make a difference in our community by continuing to match youth with a positive adult role model in Mitchell County. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals just like you, we wouldn’t be able to serve our community each year.

 

Please feel free to contact me at (641)732-3566 or lwaller@nicao-online.org if you have questions about our appeal or if you are interested in becoming a mentor. You can also find information on the Bridges website at www.bridgesmentoring.com or our Facebook page (Mitchell County Bridges Mentoring Program).

 

The Bridges Mentoring Program is very grateful for your continued support as there is no possible way this program could continue without contributions like yours.

 

Please make checks payable to Bridges Mentoring Program at PO Box 131 Osage, IA 50461.

 

With Warm Regards,

 

 

Lacey Waller

Program Coordinator

 

P.S. Looking for a warm meal on a ‘chili’ day? Join us December 2nd starting at 4:00PM at Osage High School for our Chili Challenge Cook-Off Fundraiser. While there, take in some high school hoops as Osage takes on Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.

Marvelous Mentoring Meal Kick-Off Event

Hello everyone!

 

Tis the season for this joyous time as we celebrate the upcoming holidays. As most of you know, it is that time of year where we are gathering our Marvelous Mentoring Meal agenda’s. This year we are doing things a bit different. Instead of having people sign up for our MMM at our Chili Challenge fundraiser, we are having a special event solely for the purpose of our MMM’s. How exciting is that?

Check out the flyer below.

Marvelous Mentoring Meal Kick- Off Event

 

M M M…MARVELOUS MENTORING MEALS

 

WHAT ARE Marvelous Mentoring Meals?

 

What are they?  A MMM is an event that you pay to attend.  They are varied in theme and could include cocktail parties, sit-down dinners, casual suppers, dessert buffets, special luncheons, unique meals in fine restaurants or outdoor events.

 

Who puts them on?  ANYONE!  The hosts and hostesses of these events are very generous, community-minded people who offer their homes, their entertaining skills and other resources to provide these special occasions.  They all recognize the value and impact the Bridges Mentoring Program has on the quality of life in Mitchell County and are amazingly willing to support it in this way.

 

When do these events occur?  The hosts choose the dates that best fit their schedules.  Events are peppered throughout the year.  Occasionally the hosts must change the original date because of unforeseen conflicts.  Attempts are made to accommodate the schedules of the guests when this happens.  The hosts will send out invitations to those who signed up for that event a few weeks in advance of the event.

 

Who pays to put on the Magnificent Mentoring Meals?  The hosts are responsible for all expenses necessary to produce the event (tax deductible, of course).

 

How much does it cost to attend a MMM?  Each is individually priced, depending on how much it might require to produce.  A portion of each ticket price is tax deductible to the purchaser as well (that which is above the fair value received).  You pay for your ticket when you sign up for the event.

 

What happens to the ticket money?  100% of the price paid to attend an event goes to the Bridges Mentoring Program.

 

Who can attend?  Absolutely ANYONE!  People can sign up individually or as a group with their friends.  These are open to those who have a strong sense of support for the Bridges Program, to those who are community-minded, or anyone who enjoys a fine meal or a fun event.

 

A big thank you to Taste and Jessie Goodale as we wouldn’t be able to have this event without you. Your generosity and support for our program is amazing! We thank you so much for all you do for Bridges.

 

SIGN UP FOR MMM’S AT TASTE ON DECEMBER 13TH FROM 5”30-7:30PM. DURING BRIDGES MMM KICK-OFF EVENT. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE! 

 

 

What has Bridges Been Up to Lately

Good morning everyone! It has been quite a while since we last updated everyone on what is happening at Bridges Mentoring. This summer has been extremely busy making new mentor/mentee matches, mentor training, re matches and so much more. We are so pleased with the amount of volunteers we have in our program helping and educating today’s youth. Since the school year has started and things are starting to get even more busy, we are preparing ourselves for this grant writing season. We have a lot of fun things planned in the works for these upcoming grant cycles. Stay tuned for more information regarding our grant awards.

We can’t forget about the Marvelous Mentoring Meals that were offered to people in our community to attend. We had so many great hosts this year. Below are some pictures from our Sip and Paint Parties. If you have never done a sipping and painting party, sign up for one of our’s because they are the best!

Members who attended our Sip and Paint Marvelous Mentoring Meal

Members who attended our Sip and Paint Marvelous Mentoring Meal

 

Enjoying the event

Enjoying the event

 

As all of the world knows, this year was the year for the summer Olympic’s that were held in Rio de Janeiro. So why not have a Marvelous Mentoring Meal be held during this fun time? Here in Osage we are so lucky to have a Brazillion Food Truck Guy. He has a special food truck named Garoto’s Samba Rock BBQ. If you haven’t tried his food, you need to, it’s fantastic! Garoto’s and Jeff and Angela Nasstrom as well as Derek and Renae Mauser hosted a evening of Brazillion food and the Olympics as their Marvelous Mentoring Meal. This was such a fun event and we received excellent participation and feedback. We are so lucky to have so many volunteers host such fun events for people in our community to attend. And the best part all of the money from these events are donated right back to Bridges.

Garoto's Food Truck

Garoto’s Food Truck

Garoto's PIc 3

 

As said above, this summer has been a busy time for making new matches. Here are just a few photo’s of our most recent matches. We are so excited to welcome them into the Bridges family.

 

These two ladies will make a great team!

These two ladies will make a great team!

These two have been waiting to be matched with the right person and we finally found it.  Denise has raised four daughters and loves everything to do with being outside. B is excited to go fishing and to have someone to spend time with him teaching new things and exploring.

These two have been waiting to be matched with the right person and we finally found it. Denise has raised four daughters and loves everything to do with being outside. B is excited to go fishing and to have someone to spend time with him teaching new things and exploring.

 

If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, please consider mentoring. Just this month, we’ve received many inquiries from people who were interested in learning more about becoming a mentor. Every match makes a huge difference in encouraging healthy youth development in Mitchell County. We’re happy to meet with anyone who’d like to learn more about mentoring, from families to prospective volunteers. Contact our Program Coordinator Lacey for more information.

An “Artistic Affair” Fundraiser

Hello everyone, it has been quite a while since we last wrote in our blog. This have been very busy here at Bridges Mentoring, but we cannot forget one of the biggest events that took place a few weeks ago.

Bridges held our first ever An “Artistic Affair” Fundraiser, on March 31st 2016 at the CRC Atrium. What did this event entail you may ask? Fourteen local artists donated their own pieces of art at no cost to Bridges specifically for this event.  We held a silent auction for people to bid on the art as well as attendees could enjoy gourmet appetizers, desserts and refreshments.

Art Display

Art Display

Art Displays

Art Displays

Table Arrangements

Table Arrangements

 

 

Art Donors Include:

David Rottinghaus, Eloise Kuper, Carolyn Reeder, Kiersten Kisner, Chrystal Berche, Glenda Ross, Emma Williams, Meredith Macdonald, Joel Gonnerman, Debbie’s Quilt Shop, Patrick Doyle, Meagan Steinberg, Jon Kittelson and Margie Kline.

Below are just a few pictures of the art that was donated.

 

Carolyn Reeder Art Piece Eloise Kuper Eagle Feather Painting Meredith MacDonald Handwoven Nantucket Baskets Seminary Building Art PIece

 

This event could not have been made possible without our business partners and friends in the community. So many people donated to make this event possible.

Thank You: Gifts Galore, S&S Locker, Frames & More, Kwik Trip, Joyce Ruehlow, Kim Lewis, Cedar River Complex,  and Mitchell County Historical Society.

Lastly we would like to thank our advisory board members for all of their hard work and dedication into making this event possible. We are so pleased with the tremendous support we have been given. We cannot wait for the next year to plan and coordinate our next Artistic Affair Fundraiser.

Board members include:

Lacey Waller, Mary Bucheit, Rae Anne Havig, Geri Thompson, Marlene Norby, Joyce Neerhof, Kris Lewis, Kiersten Kisner, Julie Maliszewski, Sandy Offen, Barb Kellogg, Cindy Davis, Jean Hemann and Emma Williams

Some of the board members, while setting up

Some of the board members, while setting up

Bridges is so thankful for the contributions we received from having this fundraiser. All the money that was raised will help sustain our mentor/mentee matches as well as to offer programming for youth in our communities.

If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, please consider mentoring. Just this month, we’ve received many inquiries from people who were interested in learning more about becoming a mentor. Every match makes a huge difference in encouraging healthy youth development in Mitchell County. We’re happy to meet with anyone who’d like to learn more about mentoring, from families to prospective volunteers. Contact our Program Coordinator Lacey for more information.

 

An “Artistic Affair” Fundraiser

Bridges will hold its first ever An “Artistic Affair” Fundraiser on March 31st 2016 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Cedar River Complex Atrium. What makes this fundraiser so unique?

Art is so meaningful because of the expression of the artists, or the impressions of the audience.  A the saying goes the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Each of us see beauty; find inspiration and motivation from different art mediums.  Determining what an artist is trying to express is like discussing the chicken or egg theory. Some artist will admit that they do art because they love it and it means nothing.  Or that it didn’t have meaning until complete. Some spend years researching to find the most authentic way to execute a thought. The fact that art means something different to everyone is the beauty of art.

Bridges staff and advisory board felt that it was important to have a fundraiser that will show homage to some of our local artists in Mitchell County. Each and every piece that was donated by our artists truly shows the tremendous talent we have in Mitchell County.

Come out and support Bridges Mentoring by attending our free will donation affair with art. You wont want to miss this fun evening filled with an array of appetizers, refreshments and desserts. Plus the opportunity to take a piece of this amazing work home by silently bidding on your favorite art piece. All proceeds from this event benefit the Bridges Mentoring Program.

Bridges Art Flyer

If you cannot make our event, but wish to make a donation to Bridges, donations can be sent to

Bridges Mentoring  PO Box 131 Osage, IA 50461 or drop them off at

Our Saviors Lutheran Church 833 Ash Street Osage, IA 50461

If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, please consider mentoring. Just this month, we’ve received many inquiries from people who were interested in learning more about becoming a mentor. Every match makes a huge difference in encouraging healthy youth development in Mitchell County. We’re happy to meet with anyone who’d like to learn more about mentoring, from families to prospective volunteers. Contact our Program Coordinator Lacey for more information.