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Welcome to our Blog Marathon!

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Every day for the month of March we will be posting at least one new blog entry from local people who have either been impacted by a mentor or tutor or have decided to “Pass it on” to a child.

In last fall’s Leadership Charlottesville classes run by the Chamber of Commerce, we came to the realization that in order to have a long-term impact on many of the troubling issues in our community, we needed to reach children who are less likely to be involved in organized activities. These kids need mentors and tutors who will take an interest in them, share enrichment activities with them, provide tutoring and encouragement for their school work and help them raise their expectations for themselves.

There are many wonderful mentoring and tutoring programs in our community, each with a slightly different focus, but all need more volunteers. We are running a month-long recruitment drive for tutors and mentors in our community that culminates in a March 30 fair at the Omni Hotel in which those who have signed up or expressed an interest in mentoring or tutoring can visit with the many local organizations that work with youth and find the right fit. We are pleased to announce that NBC29 and Monticello Media radio stations are media sponsors and will be running public service announcements and mentioning the need for mentors on air.

Please visit The United Way Volunteer Center’s website, www.cvillevolunteer.org to learn more about the many types of mentor and tutor opportunities available in our community with these fine organizations.

Albemarle County Schools
Big Brother, Big Sisters
Boys and Girls Club
Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries
Children Youth & Family Services
Enrichment Alliance of VA
“I Have a Dream”  Foundation
JABA’s "FISH” Program
Lifeline Community and Youth Center, Greene County
Piedmont Family YMCA

If you know of another youth-serving organization that should be on this list, please contact Shaele Wood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the United Way Volunteer Center at 972-1705.

And check back in with this blog every day, or subscribe to our RSS feed, to read the personal stories about how showing an interest in a child can change their life – and yours.

Posted by Leadership Charlottesville Team Members:

Lance Blakey, Charlottesville Fire Department
Luvelle Brown, Albemarle County Schools
Kim Connolly, United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area
Marguerite David, JABA
Sasha Farmer, Montague, Miller & Co. Realtors
Lauren Hildebrand, City of Charlottesville
Laura Knox, Gary Albert, State Farm Agent
Melissa Soutter, Omni Hotel

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