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In search of '100 good men'

By the WPD STAFF

A new campaign by Hands of Hope aims to raise awareness about the importance of men in the lives of children.

An estimated 24 million children nationwide are believed to be living in single-parent homes, according to the KIDS Count data center, which tracks societal issues impacting children.

The “100 Good Men” campaign will focus on homes in which men “consistently show up in the lives of children, stand up for what is right and speak up when it matters most,” the organization said on Monday.

These men, the organization said, are a vital piece of the community at a time when heroin and opioid abuse is at an all-time high and domestic violence is common.

“It is important for children to have an active, positive male role model in their lives,” said Lisa Dominisse, president and CEO of Family Service Society. “When children have a father, uncle, grandfather, brother, cousin, teacher, pastor or other male role model that takes an active interest in them, it helps them feel special, learn unconditional love, respect and it can inspire kids for the rest of their lives.”

The campaign’s goal is to raise $20,000 for Hands of Hope, a division of the Family Service Society. Funds will benefit abuse and domestic violence prevention efforts underway in the county, the organization said.

Nominations may be submitted to Heidi Vandermark by calling (260) 563-4407 or by visiting www.famservices.com/100gm/. The deadline to submit is June 1.