Wednesday, January 23, 2008

National Mentoring Month

Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month? Thank Your Mentor Day will be celebrated on Thursday, January 24. On that day, people are encouraged to reach out to thank those individuals who encouraged and guided them, and who had a lasting impact on their lives. Why not acknowledge someone who has mentored you?

  • Contact your mentor directly to express your appreciation
  • “Pass it on” by becoming a mentor to someone in your community
  • Make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program, like the Volunteer Center’s Mentoring Moms and Volunteers in Protective Services Programs.
  • Write a tribute to your mentor for posting on the national mentoring website

The Volunteer Center's mentoring programs have been highly regarded for over 30 years. Volunteers in Protective Services (VIPS) are caring men and women who provide guidance, friendship and support to abused and neglected children ages 2 to 18. Currently there are 34 girls and 66 boys waiting to be matched with a mentor. Mentoring Moms help isolated and overwhelmed mothers of all ages, many of whom are trying to move from welfare to work. The mentors listen, share ideas and offer encouragement, helping overwhelmed mothers face challenges one step at a time.

We welcome men and women willling to give a little time and a lot of caring to become volunteer mentors, and we provide comprehensive training during three six-week courses offered in the spring, fall and winter. We especially need male mentors for boys and bi-lingual Spanish speaking volunteers of both sexes.

For more information about becoming a mentor, call (201) 489-9454, or visit

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