Thursday, March 26, 2015

Women Volunteers Needed to Mentor Struggling Mothers and their Families

Raising children today is a challenge for any parent, but it can be especially overwhelming for mothers who are living on the edge of stability due to poverty, a history of trauma or abuse, and/or mental illness. Mentoring Moms, a program of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, trains volunteer mentors to work with mothers who are overwhelmed by the responsibilities of children and life and who are also faced with immense personal challenges. When a struggling mother is supported by a mentor, the entire family benefits from that support. Adult women are needed as mentors for mothers living in Bergen County. There is an especially great need for women who speak other languages to become mentors.

“It is so great to have a friend, someone I can really talk to.” “I have learned so much about raising my son.” “I feel better as a parent and a person since meeting my mentor,” say mothers being mentored through Mentoring Moms.  The mentors listen, share ideas and offer support as mothers deal with the daily challenges of raising children, while also trying to manage overwhelming personal challenges. 95% of the mothers being mentored are living in poverty, even in Bergen County.

Registration is now open for Mentoring Moms Spring training, which begins April 13th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Volunteer Center of Bergen County. Call (201) 489-9454, ext. 123 to learn how to become a Mentoring Moms volunteer, and positively change a mother’s – and her family’s – life.
Read more about Mentoring Moms here.

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