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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ford County

  • Jenny Fisher, Executive Director
  • 2601 Central Avenue
    Dodge City, KS 67801
  • Phone: 620.225.0432
  • eMail: jisher@ksbbbs.org
  • Web Site: www.kansasbigs.org
  • Vision: all children achieve success in life.
  • Mission: provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We help kids ages 5-17 from various cultures and backgrounds.

 

Mentoring Makes a Difference

Studies show that kids who are matched with a Big Brother, Big Sister, Family Match or Couples Match are:

  • 46% less likely to use drugs (70% for minority youth)
  • 27% less likely to use alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 33% less likely to use violence to resolve problems

School-Based Mentoring

A School-based mentor meets with a child once a week at the child’s school, during the school day. A mentor can help with school work, play games or just listen to things going on in the child’s life. This takes less than one hour and makes a huge difference to a child.

Community-Based Mentoring

A Community-based mentor typically spends time with a child three to four times each month. The time usually consists of doing whatever activity they both enjoy. It could be playing ball, washing the car, riding bikes, baking cookies, or just spending time together. We encourage volunteers to include the child in their regular activities. There is no charge to the volunteer, the child, or the child’s family.

Santa Fe Trail Council Boy Scouts of America

  • Marvin Wilson
  • 1513 E Fulton
    Garden City, Kansas 67801
  • Phone: 620.275.5162
  • Information: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

CASA (Children Worth Saving, Inc.)

  • Kristin Hines, Executive Director
  • 2008 1st Avenue, Suite #806
    PO Box 843
    Dodge City, Kansas 67801
  • Phone: 620.225.1278
  • FAX: 620.225.0815
  • eMail: casadodge@sbcglobal.net
  • Web Site: www.kansascasa.org/district16
  • Information: Court-appointed special advocates serve Clark, Comanche, Ford, Gray, Kiowa and Meade Counties. CASA advocates for children 0 to 18 years old in the local court systems so they have a voice. Volunteers are encouraged to inquire about possible advocate openings.

Catholic Social Service

  • Amy Falcon
  • 906 Central
    Dodge City, Kansas 67801
  • Phone: 620.227.1562
  • eMail: afalcon@catholicsocialservice.org
  • Web Page: catholicsocialservice.org
  • Information: Adoption, Pregnancy Counseling, Teen Moms Program, Addictions, The Benefit Bank, Search and Reunion, Marriage for Keeps, Infant Adoption Awareness Training; Americorp Application – qualification process: Varies Volunteer Opportunities: Teen Moms Program Mentors, Meal Providers and Discovery Workshop teachers; fundraising; food assistance applications and tax returns

Child Care Aware® of Southwest Kansas

  • Crissa Salmans, Child Care Consultant/Infant-Toddler Recruitment Specialist
  • 2018 1st Avenue
    Suite #801
    Dodge City, Kansas 67801
  • Phone: 620.227.9587
  • Toll Free Phone: 866.550.1510
  • FAX: 620.275.4102
  • eMail: csalmans@ccaswks.org
  • Web Site: www.cccswks.org
  • Information: Family services are free to childcare providers and families looking for child care. Counties served include Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Pawnee, Pratt, Scott Seward, Stafford, Stanton, and Wichita. Volunteers are needed to help with bulk mailings and monthly orders.
  • Mission Statement: Child Care Aware® of Southwest Kansas is dedicated to supporting child care parents and the early childhood community to enhance child care services throughout Southwest Kansas.

Child Support Enforcement: SRS

  • 1509 Avenue P
    Dodge City, KS 67801
  • Phone: 620.227.8508
  • Toll Free Phone: 888.369.4777
  • Information: The Kansas Child Support Enforcement program helps children receive the financial support they are due. The program assists by enforcing child support orders, locating absent parents and their property, getting an order of paternity, getting an order for cash child support, getting and enforcing an order for health insurance coverage for a child, and/or watching to make sure support payments come in regularly. CSE automatically serves families receiving Temporary Assistance to Families (TAF), foster care, medical assistance, food assistance, and child care assistance. CSE also serves any family, regardless of income or residency, who needs and applies for CSE services.

Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas

  • Pat Hamit, Executive Director
  • 114 Gunsmoke Avenue
    PO Box 1313
    Dodge City, KS 67801
  • Phone: 620.225.0959
  • FAX: 620.225.4946
  • eMail: steph.cfsk@sbcglobal.net
  • Web Site: www.communityfoundationSWKS.com
  • Information: The Community Foundation accepts grant requests from non-profit organizations, schools and government entities that are concerned with children’s well-being and development. Monies are disbursed through the use of scholarships to worthy students of good character and through the Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund established as part of the “Grow Healthy Kansas” initiative involving community foundations throughout the State of Kansas.

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland

  • Danielle Murray
  • 114 Grant Avenue
    Garden City, KS 67846
  • Phone: 620.276.7061
  • FAX: 620.276.7143
  • eMail: dmurray@gskh.org
  • Web Page: http://kansasgirlscouts.org
  • Information: We provide premier leadership development for girls Application – qualification process: You must fill out a volunteer application which does include a criminal background check and you must register to be a Girl Scout. Volunteer Opportunities: troop leaders and co-leaders, trainers, camp and event coordinators, product sales organizers, girl recruiters & volunteer recruiters.

Kansas Children’s Service League

  • Virginia Sumaya
  • 1517 Fulton Terrace
    Garden City, KS 67846
  • Phone: 620.805.6454 ext. 1134
  • Cell Phone: 620.682.0455
  • eMail: v.sumaya@hotmail.com 
  • Web Page: KCSL.org
  • Information: Parenting Classes & Support Groups for anybody raising children. Application – qualification process: It is free and confidential. Volunteer Opportunities: Become a Volunteer Facilitator or be an Assistant to VF.

Little Learners Preschool Center

  • Diane Clark
  • 1000 6th Avenue
    Dodge City, KS 67801
  • Phone: 620.338.8647
  • Information: Preschool classes for children 3-5 and school day out program.

Project Teen Safe, Inc./The Alley

  • Melissa Province
  • 2200 1st Avenue
    Dodge City, KS 67801
  • Phone: 620.225.8282
  • FAX: 620.225.8284

St. Francis Academy

  • Veronica Romero
  • 705 1st Avenue, Suite C
    Dodge City, KS 67801
  • Phone: 620.225.1442

SRS (Social and Rehabilitative Services)

  • 1509 Avenue P
    Dodge City, KS 67801
  • Phone: 620.227.8508
  • Toll Free Phone: 888.369.4777

Methodist Youthville

  • Mike Hoar
  • 11200 Lariat Way
    PO Box 1394
    Dodge City, KS 67801-394
  • Phone: 620.225.0276
  • FAX: 620.225.0279
  • Information: Serves Western Kansas, including Ford County. Youthville is one of the largest nonprofit child welfare agencies in Kansas, specializing in residential treatment, adolescent psychiatric residential treatment centers, children and family services, alcohol and drug treatment. The agency’s 600 employees are passionate about its mission of giving back a childhood to the 1,000 Kansas children who suffer from abuse, neglect, abandonment, and trauma. Volunteers are needed. Please refer to their Website for more information and application forms.