I am writing you, on behalf of United Way of North Central Iowa, during its 2017 campaign season. As the One on One mentoring coordinator for the Mason City Youth Task Force, our organization has worked with United Way of North Central Iowa as a partner agency for many years, and the difference that United Way Funding has made to our program and the clients we serve has been immeasurable.

United Way of North Central Iowa funding is essential to the Cerro Gordo One on One Mentoring Program. Currently, we have 15 youth waiting to be matched with a caring adult in our community. Our goal is to match youth and adults and provide them with the tools to create great friendships. Mentoring promotes relationship building and social skill development, and research has shown that these relationships can reduce youth substance use and other high-risk behaviors while increasing developmental assets. The United Way of North Central Iowa provides our program funds to support our Clear Lake coordinator, as well as supporting our group activities and recruitment supplies.

Our United Way of North Central Iowa partners with various local nonprofits to facilitate programs designed to help community members achieve their best lives. Among many things, money donated to United Way helps feed the hungry, move people from homelessness to financial stability, mentor children, supports reading education and provides much needed assistance to victims of physical and sexual abuse, all within in our north central Iowa region. I encourage you to join me in supporting our United Way of North Central Iowa. Together, we can continue to build our community!

Jessica Prazak, Rock Falls

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