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Member’s daughter sparks Altrusa donation

The KidStart Volunteer Mentoring Program received a $750 donation

The KidStart Volunteer Mentoring Program received a $750 donation from the Campbell River Chapter of Altrusa International.

Edie Wilcox, Altrusa member, said the club was inspired by her daughter to donate to KidStart.

“The Altrusa Club first learned about KidStart from my daughter who was a mentor of a little girl for a few years. It is a program that is very needed in our community because it provides children with support. Children are our future and we need to help them with our time and friendship.”

KidStart is offered by The John Howard Society of North Island in Campbell River and the Comox Valley. The volunteer-based program focuses on the positive development of vulnerable children and youth ages 6-18 who could benefit from having stable, committed, and caring adults in their lives.

Edie’s daughter was brought up watching her family volunteer their time and give back to the community. Now volunteering to make a difference has become a part of her life too.

“Although her mentee is no longer in KidStart, they’ve developed a lifelong friendship and continue to see each other. My daughter has experienced a lot of joy and positive feedback about the difference she’s made, and had an opportunity to make a positive impact on a young woman’s life.  Hopefully her mentee will grow up and carry it forward as well,” Edie said.

KidStart welcomes community contributions. If you have three or more hours a week to spare and would like to volunteer, consider becoming a KidStart mentor. If you’d like to make a donation or can provide a discount on recreational activities, get in touch.

Interested in signing up as a regular supporter?

Ask about the KidStart Champion Sponsorship Program.

For more information, contact Tara Jordan, KidStart Coordinator, at 250-286-0611 or  e-mail tara@jhsni.bc.ca Visit them on the web at  www.jhsni.bc.ca and click on the KidStart Champion link (top right).