Mentors and Auctions

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0009Resize The past seven days have been a whirlwind here at the United Way. Last Thursday we held our second annual Mentor & Tutor Opportunity Fair at the Omni Hotel. This was a joint effort of the Volunteer Center and a group from last year’s Leadership Charlottesville class, who had initiated the Mentor. Tutor. Pass it on! campaign.

This year, we coordinated the event to coincide with National Mentoring Month, and were fortunate to have wonderful sponsors: MichieHamlett Attorneys at Law, Omni Hotel, NBC29, Monticello Media Radio Stations (NewsTalk 0017resize WCHV 1260 Am and 94.1 FM, Sports Radio 1400, Country WCYK, Hot 101.9Tom@107.5 and Generations 102.3) and The Daily Progress. The month-long media campaign paid off, because we had just over 50 very motivated people attend. The feedback we got from potential volunteers and the 15 local agencies attending the fair was quite positive. We were thrilled that so many people were able to meet face to face with local programs that work with kids to find the one that is right for them. Many thanks to the attorneys and staff from MichieHamlett Attorneys at Law who helped out during the event.

AATA logocolor The very next day, we shifted gears to get the final preparations ready for the All Around Town Auction, which started Wed. Feb. 3. There were TV ads to approve, flyers to finalize, following up with merchants, printing of posters, updating donation spreadsheets and all those small details that go with a special events to make sure it runs smoothly.

On Tuesday, volunteers and United Way staff spread out to bring the bid sheets, brochures and posters to the various businesses all over the county. It was nice to hear the merchants say what a great idea this is and how they were looking forward to participating. To the right of this blog is a link to the complete list of merchants and locations, plus descriptions of the items or services donated and their values. There truly is something for everyone: A fully furnished dollhouse, a kayak, many beauty packages, $150 certificate for school or office supplies, UVA baseball tickets, ballet tickets, a high quality car seat and baby stroller system and on and on.

Whether you live in Crozet or Charlottesville, visit one of these businesses, place your bid, pick up a flyer

Posted by Kim Connolly.

and start making your rounds. Bid. Buy. Better your community.