Talbot Mentors welcomes anyone interested in learning about mentoring to enjoy a barbecue at the home of Board President Don Cook on Thursday, May 20, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. This free informal event is an opportunity for potential volunteers to speak with current mentors and hear about their experiences, with no commitment necessary.
There are currently about ten students on the Talbot Mentors list waiting to be matched with mentors. The need for male mentors is especially acute. “Because we have had an influx of female volunteers, all of the new matches this year have been girls,” explained Executive Director Diana Trams.
The staff carefully matches students with volunteers to help ensure successful relationships. This generally means matching girls with female volunteers and boys with men. With the shortfall in male volunteers, boys are now waiting as long as twelve to eighteen months to be matched.
Mentors commit to being a friend to a child for a year, involving an hour or two of their time once a week. Each mentor may meet with the student as best fits the mentor’s own schedule, offering added flexibility. Often, relationships grow and continue, with most volunteers reporting that they get as much out of the experience as the students do.
Trams thanked Recruitment Committee chair Merrilie Ford for coordinating the event and encouraged anyone who has been considering mentoring to attend. “We hope people will take this opportunity to learn what Talbot Mentors has to offer,” she said. “The small amount of time that you can give to our children today can make a huge difference to their lives in the future.”
Those wishing to attend should call the Talbot Mentors office at 410-770-5999 by Tuesday, May 18.
For more information or to make a contribution, visit www.talbotmentors.org.