We like trying new things.
Online giveaways have become popular, so we decided to have one of our own. Mentors and families of mentees were given a drawing entry for each photo they submitted of them having fun together. Then, we used the old-school method of drawing a name from a hat for a $25 gift certificate of the winner’s choice.
Emily chose a gift card to Teluwat, one of our favorite restaurants in Osage.
As you can see, Emily and her husband love spending time with their mentee. They accomplished one of her goals of building a snowman this winter.
Our mentors and mentees typically meet on a weekly basis for an hour. We check in with everyone and know they are always doing fun activities but thought it would be fun to see some photos.
Photos are also crucial to Bridges’ operations for several reasons. As a nonprofit organization, we secure our funding from grants, fundraisers and donations. We also submit grant reports to our funders so that they know we are using their funding effectively and meeting our goals, such as aiming to train 75 mentors by the end of 2014. Photos say so much more than words, so we include them with our grant applications and reports hoping they’ll share the heart of our mentoring program.
We also include photos in our marketing materials which increase our presence in the community. There are over 25 children and youth on our waiting list demonstrating the huge demand for mentors in Mitchell County. We need to get these children matched so we can include even more families in our program.
Finally, Bridges obtains photo releases from mentors and families of mentees. If someone isn’t comfortable being photographed, we honor their request. The most important thing is that our mentors and mentees are comfortable participating in our program.
If you are a mentor or family of a mentee, keep sending those photos!
We had fun with this contest and hope to offer another opportunity soon. And thanks for stopping by our blog. We love sharing our stories with you.