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An Instant Connection through Mentoring at YMCA

January is National Mentoring Month.

All month long we are featuring guest posts from many of our local nonprofits that work with youth and need volunteers to become mentors and tutors. On January 26, 2012, the United Way Volunteer Center invites you to our annual Mentor and Tutor Opportunity Fair from 11:00 - 2:00 at the Omni Hotel. There you will be able to meet in person with representatives from 17 local organizations and fit the right fit for you as a mentor or tutor.

Mentor. Tutor. Pass it on!

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With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, YMCA volunteers give men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Volunteers can coach our sports teams and teach many of our classes; mentor and tutor school-aged children in our after school programs; motivate and support youth; extend a hand to help adults who want to do more, be more or live healthier; advocate for the Y’s efforts to influence policies and initiatives that positively impact our community and participate in opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

"I love the relationships I have formed! I love connecting with people in our community. Whether it's the participants, other volunteers, YMCA staff, family members of the participants, etc., it's just so great to get to know these wonderful people. I especially enjoy the participants. 

It is so rewarding working with these special individuals and feeling like you are really helping them w/ homework and other after school activities. This, along with the social interactions, is important to stimulate their minds and bodies.

 [The Y is] a place with such a sense of community that you feel the connection the instant you walk through the door. It feels so good to give back locally and the programs through the Y are a great place to do so! You feel the dedication and compassion from the staff and other volunteers.

 This is now a significant part of my life and one of the things I'm passionate about. It's an amazing feeling! This will help me as I continue into the field of medicine of the many different types of people I will encounter."

  ~First Year Medical Student volunteering at YMCA/Park’s Edge After School

The Piedmont Family YMCA welcomes volunteers. Volunteers are the "heart" of the YMCA. Whether it's offering hugs in the preschool, homework help in the classroom, or coaching a basketball team . . . there's just no way to put a price tag on the sense of fulfillment that comes from helping someone else.

 

Posted by Brookes Simms, Director of Child Care Services,  Piedmont YMCA

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