Each year Bridges Mentors and Advisory Board Members donate thousands of hours back to their community. In addition to getting together with their mentees for at least four hours per month, our volunteers also help us with fundraising efforts. We are always grateful for our volunteers and and for the families that open their homes to our mentors. Together, they make mentoring in Mitchell County possible.
We try to plan our annual Mentoring Appreciation Dinner during January to coincide with National Mentoring Month. It seems like the perfect time of year to celebrate mentoring in Mitchell County. This year, we returned to City Limits Eatery located in Saint Ansgar, Iowa. They are generous hosts and made a huge effort to provide a special evening.
Together, we enjoyed a spaghetti supper complete with their salad bar, freshly baked bread, and dessert. This dinner is just one small way we can say thank you to our volunteers each year.
We’d also like to thank Shop on State for their 2015 grant which helped to sponsor this dinner.
The designation of January as National Mentoring Month is a huge opportunity to tell our communities about mentoring. Jim Cross, a reporter at the Mitchell County Press News, recently wrote two fantastic articles this week about one of our mentor-mentee matches and our new Creating Pathways to Nature programming.
Just this month, we’ve received many inquiries from people who were interested in learning more about becoming a mentor. Every match makes a huge difference in encouraging healthy youth development in Mitchell County. We’re happy to meet with anyone who’d like to learn more about mentoring, from families to prospective volunteers. Contact our Program Coordinator Lacey for more information.