Talbot Mentors invites all women interested in learning about becoming mentors to an evening social at Talbot Country Club on Thursday, October 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres will be offered.
The organization matches men and women volunteers with kids who have been identified as being able to benefit from having an additional adult friend in their lives. Mentors make a one-year commitment to spending an hour or two a week with the children with whom they are matched. Most matches are so successful that they last much longer.
There are as many reasons for becoming a mentor as there are volunteers. Some feel the “empty nest” with their own kids grown. Others recognize that keeping connected with the younger generation helps keep them young themselves. Others simply want to give back to the community and think sharing an ice cream cone with a child is a fun way of doing so.
Often, volunteers describe getting as much out of the relationship as the kids do. The Talbot Mentors staff provides year-round support for the relationships and activities for both mentors and children.
With a new school year having begun, more children are waiting to be matched. While male mentors are always needed to match with boys on its waiting list, Talbot Mentors hopes that its social will introduce women of the community to the program in an informal setting where their own unique questions or concerns about mentoring may be answered by current volunteers and staff.
Those planning to attend the social should call the Talbot Mentors office by Friday, October 24. For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org.