As National Volunteer Month nears its last few days, it is appropriate to share the efforts of one local organization working to empower the younger generations of Rush County children. 
Mentors of Rush County Empowering Youth (M.o.R.E.) is a small non-profit organization working hard in our community to see that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Formerly known as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, M.o.R.E for Kids has evolved into a new program to better suit the Rush County community. Their mission is to support and empower Rush County Youth through one-on-one mentoring. This occurs by the organization making meaningful, monitored matches between their adult volunteers and children, ages 6 through 16. 
M.o.R.E. celebrated National Volunteer Month hosting an Etiquette Dinner on April 14th for their matches. During the dinner, M.o.R.E. adult mentor volunteers, and their matches, were taught table manners while they savored a catered meal by Lori Hoeing. 
To add to the enjoyment of the evening, several other individuals volunteered their time to act as waiters for the attendees of the dinner. Several Rush County first responders, two from the city police department, two from the city fire department, two state troopers and one sheriff’s deputy rolled up their sleeves to help lend their hand, their time and their service for this event. You can tell by their faces that a good time was had by all. M.o.R.E. for Kids would like to extend their thanks to the wonderful volunteers in Rush County, including all of their mentors and the many first responders who helped at the event! 
Due to spiking COVID numbers early in the year, the organization decided to try something new this Spring in lieu of one of their most famous fundraisers, “Bowl M.o.R.E.”Director Peyton Simpkins stated, “With numbers on the rise, the board members and myself decided to try something in it’s place. We knew we had to have some other event when the weather warmed and things were
safer.” She shared that the group tossed different ideas around and finally settled on one. 
On Saturday, May 16th M.o.R.E for Kids will be hosting their very first Corn Hole and Disc Golf Tournament at the Riverside Amphitheater. Simpkins expressed, “e were a little nervous switching over to this event but as time passes and we get closer, I think all of us are getting very excited!”This is a whole-family event and there will be something to do for everyone! “e are encouraging families to get out and try something new,”Simpkins added. 
Events will begin at 10:00am with their Disc Golf Tournament. There will be two different sectors, the “rofessionals”which will be competing for a trophy and the “un”aisors which are there more for the good time. Disc Golf will have flex-timing until 4:00pm. Pre-registering is encouraged, but not imperative. Costs for this tournament is $25.00 a player. Prizes will also be given for the players that bring in the most donations!
The Corn Hole Tournament will have a firm 1:00pm start and teams are encouraged to pre-register as space for the 38 teams is somewhat limited. Cost for the corn hole tournament is $50.00 for each two-person team. A bracket system will be used for scoring. Simpkins shared that the first-place team will walk away with $100.00 and the second-place team