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Sharing the Love with U.P. Kids

For the month of February, KCW is featuring a lovely Burundian coffee, benefiting one of our favorite non-profits, U.P. Kids.  We had some time to virtually sit down with director Mark Lambert, to find out how we can help U.P. Kids mission to change the lives of children facing adversity- for the better, forever!
1. Tell us about U.P. Kids.  What is your mission?

In 1899, Good Will Farm began as an orphanage in the Copper Country, providing a home and school to children from the Upper Peninsula. In 2012, our name changed to U.P. KIDS, but our mission remained the same: Caring for children. Building brighter futures. Through our Residential Program we continue to provide a home and school to children and youth experiencing difficulty at home, school or in the community.

Our Foster Care & Adoption programs provide caring temporary and permanent homes where children are protected and nurtured. The Post Adoption Resource Center offers support services to adoptive families to help maintain and strengthen relationships that will last a lifetime.

U.P. KIDS Big Brothers Big Sisters Program seeks to change the lives of children facing adversity- for the better, forever. Through one-on-one friendships, mentors can help children become confident, capable and caring individuals.

Family Services helps families keep their children home. The Wheels Program provides donated vehicles to families, and the Read to Ride program encourages children to read, with a chance to win a mountain bike!

2. What types of programs do you run?  What is something we might not know about U.P. Kids?  Besides foster care, adoption and BBBS, we have several in-home programs designed to keep the family together. Such as Parenting for Success, Post adoption activities, education and support; family goal planning and life skills, etc. You might not know that our corporate name is Good Will Farm and we started in 1899 as an orphanage.​
3. What's do you think the most rewarding experience is about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister?  The relationship ​with a child, having fun and sharing activities you love with someone who may never have had the opportunity without you, knowing your making a difference.
4. How can someone get involved with U.P. Kids and Big Brothers Big Sisters?
If you would like to mentor a child or become a foster or adoptive parent, call 482-0520.​

5. What's your favorite method of brewing coffee? What is your
favorite coffee from KCW? French press and da Northwoods!​

6. Where can we get more info about LIITB?

To buy this delicious Burundian coffee benefiting U.P. Kids, click here

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