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.
ConocoPhillips donates $8,000
BFMP was one of 11 Bakken-area organizations in North Dakota and Montana to receive a donation from ConocoPhillips March 1 at the company's Community Investment Philanthropic luncheon .
ConocoPhillips donated $8,000 to BFMP and a total of $142,000 to nearly one dozen organizations in two states. The contribution is enough for BFMP to mentor eight youth in 2017.
From left to right above are: Taylor Koenig, CoP community investment lead; Peter Bazin, CoPBakken operations superintendent; Caleb Burgard, mentor and BFMP board member; Kris Fehr, BFMP executive director; David Greef, production foreman, and Josh DeMorrett, CoP Bakken stakeholder relations advisor.
Billings receives one of nine Fellowships
to Mentoring Summit
Mark Billings, Best Friends' program & communications.
coordinator, received one of only nine Fellowships offered to practitioners attending the 2017 National Mentoring Summit in Washington D.C.
The competitive fellowship provided a $1,000 travel stipend, networking opportunities, training and recognition for Billings and the Best Friends Mentoring Program. The Summit, Jan. 31 - Feb. 3 in the nation's capita, included a full day of practitioner visits to key legislators. The conference sold out with an estimated 1,100 attendees from across the country.
Billings attended the national conference with Emily Murphy, BFMPs'program & volunteer coordinator.
Murphy is new program
& volunteer coordinator
Emily Murphy, a Dickinson 2016 Special Olympics Coach of the Year, is the new program and volunteer coordinator with the Best Friends Mentoring Program (BFMP).
In her new position, Murphy will manage more than 200 special event volunteers, as well as work with social services, foster care workers and agencies, the community and local schools to pair foster youth with trained mentors. Under a new initiative started earlier this year, BFMP expanded its outreach to include some of the estimated 55 youth in Stark County foster care.
“We are excited to continue this new program specifically designed for youth who need the support of a mentor and who can benefit from a caring adult role model,” said Kris Fehr, BFMP executive director.
Murphy, a native of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, graduated in 2012 from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Family and Community Services and a minor in Disability Studies. She moved to Dickinson three years ago. A volleyball coach for the Dickinson Catholic Schools, Murphy has also volunteered with various state Special Olympic Programs for the past 13 years. She is the 2016 Coach of the Year for Area 12 Special Olympics
Murphy joins Mark Billings in managing BFMP’s community and school-based mentoring programs, which include youth in the Dickinson Public and Catholic schools. The agency has also begun pilot programs in Hebron and New England, with other communities under consideration.
XTO Energy awards $62K to Bakken area;
gives $25K to BFMP for increased mentoring
DENVER, CO — XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation has awarded $62,000 in grants to four charities serving communities in the Bakken.
The grants are part of XTO’s inaugural Giving Back to the Bakken” grant program. Best Friends Mentoring and Home on the Range in Sentinel Butte, ND, each received $25,000 grants. Other recipients included Community Action Partnership in Dickinson the High Plains Cultural Center in Killdeer. - more
The Western Wellness Foundation -- the umbrella organization over BFMP -- was one of 30 organizations in Minnesota, the Dakota's and Native Nations to receive a 2015 Bush Innovation Grant. Read more about the Bush Foundation.
Grants support communities to use problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions.
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