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Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio and Newsymom.com Launch Pen Pal Program.
(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – A new year, a new partnership, a new impact! Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio and Newsymom.com are excited to announce a new agency program that allows mentors to engage with littles earlier than ever before.
Prior to the Pen Pal Program, there was a period in which children had to wait until the best mentor for them was found. This new program essentially eliminates that ‘waiting list.’ Through a sponsorship by Newsymom, littles will have the opportunity to immediately connect with a big by letter.
“We were very excited when Newsymom approached us about the Pen Pal partnership,” explained BBBS CEO Beverly Pearch. “This idea will not only give our waiting Littles someone to stand in their corner, but it opens up opportunities to promote literacy and penmanship.”
Pen pal mentors will be vetted through an application process. Additionally, confidentially will be maintained by the BBBS New Philadelphia campus acting as the ‘post office.’ Letters from the pen pal mentors will be sent to the BBBS office and then BBBS staff members will send the letters to the littles and vice versa. Pen pals will have each other’s first names and ages, but no other personal information.
Several members of the Newsymom team have already completed the application process and have been welcomed by BBBS as the agency’s first pen pals.
“We are an organization made up of mothers who feel it is our responsibility to lead by example,” explained Michaela Madison Executive Director of Newsymom.com. “We are so excited that Big Brothers Big Sisters agreed to partner with us and launch this program. We are certain it will have a positive impact on not only the kids and the mentors, but the entire community.”
The program officially launched January 1st, 2019.
Those interested in becoming a pen pal mentor can contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at 330-339-6916.
Tuscarawas County JFS and Newsymom.com Launch Birthday Buddy Program
(Monday, January 15th, 2018) New Philadelphia, Ohio – Tuscarawas County Job & Family Services is excited to announce a new program in partnership with Newsymom.com.
Beginning on Monday, January 15th, JFS will launch the Birthday Buddy program sponsored by Newsymom.com. The program is designed to remind every child currently in the custody of Tuscarawas County Job & Family Services that no matter what is going on in their lives, someone always cares.
“TCJFS is excited to partner with Newsymom.com to help educate the public,” said JFS Director, David Haverfield. “Their support of our foster youth is so vital, and we appreciate the organization’s efforts to help remind them that they are all of our children.”
JFS staff members will work closely with the website to distribute birthday cards throughout the year. Each card will include a personalized message to the child and JFS staff members will mail the cards to maintain confidentiality.
The idea for the program was brought to the attention of Haverfield by Newsymom.com Founder and Executive Director, Michaela Madison.
“The heart of our mission is to serve both parents and children and in discussing how we can accomplish that the Birthday Buddy Program was born,” explained Madison. “Children are our future and it is our job as parents and community leaders to maintain the integrity and innocence of their childhood.”
The Tuscarawas County Job & Family Services’ Birthday Buddy program will be fully funded by Newsymom.com.
Additionally, Tuscarawas County JFS will provide featured articles monthly that will be exclusively published on Newsymom.com in the continuing effort to inform and educate.
Newsymom.com was founded in August 2016 by Michaela Madison. The organization started as an idea of a mother on maternity leave and thanks to the passion and dedication of every team member, has grown to include local news, information, education, advice, real and relatable editorials and more.
“Not only do we strive to inform and educate mothers, but we have set out to create a community of mothers from all backgrounds, life styles, ethnicities, religions and parenting approaches that proves despite differences we can lean on and learn from one another,” Madison added. “We all have a common goal in that we are doing our best to raise the next generation and we are hopeful our children will make positive contributions to the future.”
Newsymom.com publishes news and information directly affecting parents and kids locally in Stark and Tuscarawas Counties.
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