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Rick's Bike Sale


The 2016 sale will be on SATURDAY MAY 14
9:00am sharp til 1:00 pm

Join us and find the bike you want while supporting Kids 'n Kinship!

Sale location: 12738 Ethelton Way, Apple Valley,MN 55124

Questions? contact: Rick Anderson 952-240-3820

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Local Kids ‘n Kinship Volunteer is recognized

Eagan Man Receives National Community Hero Award

Volunteer mentor, Nick Varien, of Eagan, was nominated and won his employer's (Simpson Strong Tie) national Community Hero award. The Award was presented in Arizona. Nick is matched with a 16 year old Eagan teen; they have been together nearly four years. They enjoy food, friendship, movies, sports and family. Nick and his wife, Bree consider the mentee a part of their family. Every conversation with Nick includes a recognition of his mentees' abilities, personality, manners or attitude. Nick talks about the very bright future his mentee has; his athletic accomplishments, goals, his academic struggles and triumphs, his maturity beyond his years and how he 'looks out' for his younger sister. Think about a young teen hearing a respected successful adult talk about you that way. It is very powerful.

Along with the award came a donation for $2,500 for Kids 'n Kinship. Kids 'n Kinship staff say " Nick is an excellent supportive role model and he is caring and interested. We value Nick and all he does for his mentee and our organization."

Rick's Bike Sale

Bike Sale May 14, 2016

Kids ‘n Kinship mentor, Rick Anderson is ready for his eighth annual bike sale, benefitting the Kids ‘n Kinship mentor program. The sale is Saturday May 14, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at his Apple Valley home.

Throughout the year, Anderson along with other volunteers gather and tune up donated bikes for the sale.

9:00 am to 1:00 pm
12738 Ethelton Way
Apple Valley, MN

There will be more than 200 bikes for sale, priced from $30 to $350. There are models available for all ages and skill levels, including a few top-end models. Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Schwinn, Raleigh, Giant, and Fuji are some of the brands available. The bikes range in style from road bikes, mountain bikes, cross bikes, city bikes and cruisers to hybrids, BMX, vintage and classics.

Anyone who purchases a bike will receive a Famous Dave’s Wings coupon and can register to win one of two $25 gift certificates for Famous Dave’s BBQ restaurant in Apple Valley.

Featured Video

Monday, March 28, 2016

Meet Rita as she shares her love for the youth she works with.....

I have a fantastic job. I get to meet the most wonderful people in the world. I interview volunteers: individuals, couples and families, who step forward to mentor a child needing support. As I get to know the volunteers, I have images and characteristics of amazing kids swimming around in my head.
Last week I got to know a teen I have known for over three years, a little better. Jeffrey witnesses his younger sister and her fantastic mentor match. He has wanted one too - and now, due to some changes in his life, he is ready to meet a wonderful mentor! Jeffrey is a great teen. He is smart, respectful and interested in lots of things, including playing games like Jenga and checkers. He also likes biking, skateboarding and rollerblading, swimming, basketball and football. He might like to learn Karate. He helps his grandmother with grocery shopping and he helped his grandfather rewire and install a ceiling fan.

Jeffrey has been in an adult-like role of caring for his younger siblings - he could really benefit from a thoughtful mentor or a mentor couple who could help Jeffrey enjoy being a kid! If you or someone you know is ready for the positive, life changing, experience of being a friend to Jeffrey, let us know at We will be happy to tell you more . . .

Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota

Kids 'n Kinship has achieved Expert Partner status through Mentoring Partnership Minnesota's Quality Mentoring Assesment Path (QMAP) and has a 100% overall implementation rating on an extensive list of best practices and quality standards for mentoring programs. We are 1 of only 9 other programs to earn this distinguished rating under these rigorous guidelines.


Medical Monkeys

Kids 'n Kinship wishes to acknowledge the partnership with Medical Monkeys. Funds received from the purchase of the Medical Monkeys goes towards finding mentors for our waiting youth.

Kids 'n Kinship wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Mail Pack and Ship, Apple Valley and their wonderful donation of printing of our newsletter, and Media Relations, Inc for their pro bono work on publicity.