Student Encourages New Volunteers At Mentors Coffee

Talbot Mentors recently held an informational coffee at CoffeeCat in Easton. The event allowed prospective mentors to meet and speak with other volunteers and staff to learn more about the mentoring organization.
Recruitment Chair Merrilie Ford thanked Shazz Lewis, owner of CoffeeCat, for generously supporting Talbot Mentors and providing free coffee, sandwiches and cookies for this event and others they have held at the café. Ford anticipates welcoming several new mentors into the organization as a result of the contacts made that day.

“One of the best parts of the coffee,” said Ford, “was the serendipitous appearance of mentor Bob Wenneson and his mentee, Isaiah Handy, who just happened to come in as we were finishing up. It was perfect timing.” The two were able to share some experiences from their mentoring relationship.

“Isaiah was outstanding, and Bob just glowed,” Ford added. “They were a perfect example of mentor/mentee bonding. It was a proud moment for all of us.”

Talbot Mentors’ goal is to make twelve new matches of volunteers with students in a given year. Executive Director Diana Trams reported that they have significantly exceeded that goal this year, with potentially twenty new matches by year end. She gave credit to Ford and the rest of the recruitment committee, along with the other mentors who have spread the word about the organization within the community.

While they have surpassed their goal, Trams emphasized that there are still students on the waiting list who need mentors. She welcomed interested volunteers to contact Talbot Mentors to learn more about opportunities in mentoring.

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or