January is National Mentoring Month, and the United Way Volunteer Center, in conjunction with MichieHamlett Attorneys at Law, the Omni Hotel Charlottesville, NBC29, The Daily Progress and all the radio stations at Monticello Media, is running a month-long public awareness campaign to recruit more volunteers to become mentors and tutors. Here is our radio PSA
There are 16 local organizations participating in our Mentor. Tutor. Pass it on! volunteer opportunity fair on January 27 from 11 – 2 at the Omni Hotel on the downtown mall.
The simple idea of mentoring is that by taking an interest in a child, and interacting with and taking an interest in them on a regular basis, you can make a tremendous difference in their life. The organizations participating in the fair offer opportunities from reading a book to or having lunch with a child in school once a week, to helping a child with math homework, to taking a socially awkward child with autism out to fly kites. You can even mentor an adult who needs help learning to read or learn English with Literacy Volunteers. They in turn will be able to help their own children with their school work.
Kids know when an adult is truly interested in them, and they respond to that. Think about it – did a teacher, coach, older cousin, neighbor or a friend’s parents encourage, challenge, comfort or guide you? They may not have even been conscious of the fact that they were planting a seed that changed your life. They may have just been role models.
Pay it forward.
Watch these videos from the National Mentoring Month website in which well-known people talk about individuals who made a positive difference in their lives.
Do you have an hour a week, a few hours a month, to extend a hand to a child? You will get more out of it than you can imagine.
Mentor. Tutor. Pass it on!
Posted by Kim Connolly
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