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It's National Mentoring Month!

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” This quote from Frederick Douglas is as relevant today as it was in the mid-1800s. There are many children (and adults!) in our community who face challenges and simply need some guidance to help them reach their potential.

Kids who have mentors are more likely to stay out of trouble, get better grades, keep away from drugs and graduate high school.

Diana Amatucci for webBeing a mentor or a tutor is easy. There are many organizations in our area that work with kids, and they are looking for volunteers. It is not hard work when you are simply sharing your passion for computers…or music…or gardening…or reading…or baseball with a child.

Perhaps working with adults is more your speed. First generation college students need someone to help them navigate the college experience. There are refugee families who can benefit from the simplest exchange of cultural knowledge to help them in their transition to a new country. And others who need help learning a new language.

Mentors say that they feel they get just as much out of the experience as the person they mentor!

It's that simple.

Lab shots  for webJanuary is National Mentoring Month, and our United Way Volunteer Center is sharing mentor stories all month long. We are joined in our mission of encouraging more people to volunteer as mentors and tutors by wonderful local partners: NBC29, The Daily Progress, and all the Monticello Media radio stations (HitKicker 99.7, NewsTalk WCHV 107.5, Hot 101.9, Generations 102.3 and Sports Radio 1400 AM), plus the community-minded Omni Hotel is hosting our Mentor and Tutor Volunteer Fair on Friday, January 30 from 11:00 – 2:00. Our friends at Raising Cane’s are providing their delicious chicken fingers for attendees.

To learn more about the local organizations attending the fair, who would love to help you become a mentor or tutor, visit CvilleVolunteer.org.

We hope to see you on January 30!

Mentor. Tutor. Pass it on!

Posted by: Kim Connolly

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