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United Way helps families to thrive | Letters

The San Juan Island Family Resource Center has greatly benefited from the financial support of United Way of San Juan County.

Support has included funding for the Family Support Program, the Mentoring Program, Readiness To Learn Program, the Preschool to Kindergarten Transitions Program, and the Head Start Special Pal Program. These programs are making a difference for the children and families on our island.

Providing opportunities for bonding is a protective factor that leads to a healthy community. Activities that promote opportunities for bonding are weekly Baby and Toddler Parent Groups , and Lapsit and Linger in partnership with the public library.

The mentoring program offers youth in our community the opportunity to meet one-on-one with community adults on a weekly basis. These volunteer adults provide an array of experiences that broaden horizons, leading to an increased understanding of friendship, positive relationships and intergenerational support.

Success in school is paramount in today’s world. The transitions program provides a little extra boost to our young children about to begin their first public school experience.

Special Pal gives preschoolers enhanced positive early learning experiences, paving the way for success in school and for the future. The readiness to learn program involves families in their children’s education. We know that such support and encouragement for both children and their parents increases parental involvement in school. Family involvement in school translates to better grades, behaviors, and attitudes.

We hope you will join us with your contribution to this year’s United Way campaign. Your gift to United Way has a significant impact on the lives of our children, youth and families. Thank you.

Joyce Sobel/staff, SJI Family Resource Center

 

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