KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Friends of the Children will soon be expanding to Central Oregon.
The Social Innovation Fund, a federal grant matching program, helped the national organization add 4 chapters. It is also expanding within Boston, where a chapter already exists.
One chapter is already in the Klamath Basin. It's a nonprofit organization that pairs a child with a mentor. That mentor stays with the child throughout their school years.
Representative Greg Walden and Senator Ron Wyden spoke at the announcement, which happened Tuesday. Wyden also tweeted his support for the expansion, saying "Huge congrats to @FriendsNational for today's great expansion news of the ground-breaking program to help more kids."
Friends of the Children - Klamath Basin raises money each year through a potato sale. That starts November 6th.
All proceeds will go toward professional mentoring services for local youth. A pound box is $20.