16-year director receives United Way's
Inspire by Example Award at luncheon
Janice Mosbrucker, a BFMP board member for nearly two decades, received the United Way of Dickinson's (UWD) top volunteer award for 2017.
Mosbrucker, who would clear out her freezer to help store food for the organization's Family Fun Day, garnered the UWD's third annual Inspire by Example Outstanding Volunteer Award at its annual meeting May 5.
Mosbrucker, a Dickinson native, won the award for her lifetime of community service to numerous organizations, including the Badlands Human Service Center Regional Advisory Board, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and BFMP since 2001. Kris Fehr, the organization's executive director, said Mosbrucker is BFMP's longest-serving board member and supported its Family Fun Day -- a 20-year fundraiser and public awareness event -- before she joined the board.
"She has helped secure sponsors and recruited her daughters and granddaughters to join her in volunteering," said Fehr. "She also opened her garage for storage of supplies for the day and cleared out her freezer to make room for beverages."
Fehr added Mosbrucker was a steady, guiding force as BFMP grew and adapted to community needs. "I wish each nonprofit could have at least one board member as supportive and committed as Janice has been for the past 17 years," said Fehr.
selected to present at 2018 Mentor Summit
in Washington DC
MENTOR The National Mentoring Partnership has selected Mark Billings and Emily Murphy as presenters at the 2018 Summit in Washington DC.
A professional conference attended by more than 1,000 mentoring practitioners and funders, as well as corporate and civic leaders from across the country, the Summit is the largest national gathering of mentoring advocates. The event is Jan. 24-26 in the nation's capitol. It will mark the first time in BFMP's 22-year history staff has presented on a national level.
"We are proud of each of our cdordinators and for their contributions locally and soon on a national level," said Kris Fehr, BFMP executive director. "Their selection as presenters confirms the good work we are doing in Dickinson and the surrounding area."
While organizers of the 2018 Summit said they received the highest volume of workshop proposals in the event's eight-year history, they picked Murphy and Billings for their proposals' overall quality, practicality, unique topic, and demonstrated expertise as presenters.
Billings, who joined BFMP in 2015, will present on "Advancing the Mentoring Movement in Rural America." Murphy joined BFMP in 2016 and will share insights on "Mentoring Youth in Foster Care in Rural Areas."
Recycling program transitions
from Best Friends to ABLE
Little did organizers of a start-up aluminum recycling program know 17 years ago they would salvage 54.95 tons of aluminum while raising more than $53,000.
“I would go on walks with my kids in the evening and we would pick up cans for the bins,” said Kris Fehr, the Best Friends Mentoring Program’s (BFMP) executive director who helped conceive the idea. “The recycling program was a way to raise funds for our organization and to give back to the community by beautifying the town and keeping aluminum cans out of the landfill.” (continued)
BFMP announces 2016-17 scholarships
Congratulations to six mentors for winning the 2016-17 Best Friends Senior Scholarship.
Five students from Dickinson High School and one from Trinity High School each won the $500 scholarship, including THS senior Katie Sherer and DHS seniors Sarah Dobitz, Cameron Jorda, Macy Mack, Tyler Kostelecky and Christopher Dean.
A total of 12 mentors applied; however, due to limited funding, the scholarship committee -- comprised of community volunteers -- could award six scholarships. BFMP thanks each of the applicants for their positive role-modeling, commitment and caring attitude. Each mentor made a valuable difference in the life of their mentee and the Dickinson community. Read on for more information on this year's winners!
The quality of our future depends on the encouragement and support young people receive today. Therefore, the mission of the Western Wellness Foundation Inc. and the Best Friends Mentoring Program is making a positive difference in the lives of children and families, one at a time. Best Friends Mentoring Program matches adult role models with children who need positive adult guidance and friendship, and is one of the largest mentoring organization in North Dakota. We served more than 250 at-risk youth in 2012-13.
BFMP's school-based mentoring matches adult volunteers with students at area elementary schools for one-on-one meetings during the school day.
The organization's community-based mentoring matches adult volunteers with students ages 6 - 16 for one-on-one meetings outside of school and work hours