Letter: UCS will continue to offer mentoring program

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To the editor:This month, after serving the community as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington County, United Counseling Service has made the decision to transition our mentoring program. The Big Brothers Big Sisters national organization has made changes to its model that would require additional staffing and resources, which does not coincide with our community size. We are pleased to continue to provide this undeniably valuable resource to families in the community under the new name of Mentoring at UCS.We are proud of our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America over the past 30 years, and while our affiliation with BBBS is ending, rest assured that our commitment to providing high quality mentoring services will continue by following proven best practices in mentoring as our guiding principles.We are pleased to let you know the bowlathon that you have so generously supported over the past 30 years will be held April 6 at Bennington Lanes. Mentoring changes the lives of the youth we mentor, and in many cases, it also changes the lives of our mentors. Most importantly, it changes the future of the communities we serve.We look forward to the coming year and are excited for the changes ahead.Lorna MatternUnited Counseling Service

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