Hello Friends,

We have 58 matches now up and running as counselors/schools help make this happen via computer/USPS based mentoring. Mentors and mentees are both enjoying reconnecting through these odd times.

We've started online mentor-meetups (over 50 mentors participated) where mentors or potential mentors can join us for a group or personal ZOOM meeting. If interested click HERE and you can schedule a time to join us, pose questions or make comments, and share any mentoring topics you'd like to discuss or learn more about! We would love to hear from you! Please let us know how you are doing and what is going on in your life and if you have any friends that would like to become mentors now and be matched when the pandemic is over.

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Hello Friends,

This is National Mentoring Month! Thank you to our excellent mentors for all you have done to keep things calm and stable for our kids!

It's not easy mentoring online or through the mail. The consistency, however, continues to pay off. A note from a mentee to a mentor talking about her future aspirations, ended with the following:

"I will also be volunteering as a mentor because I made a promise to you and The Mentoring Network and I hope to keep it. I wanted to say I really appreciate everything you have done for me and I’m eternally grateful.Thank you for always pushing me to do my best." Mentee, 6 years

Kindness comes full circle if we are willing to wait for it. Thank you for all you continue to do to make life brighter for these children!

Mentors, I will be sending via email a group invitation to ZOOM with me. I would love to hear how you are doing and catch up with you! If you are not currently mentoring, reach out to me and I will send you an invitation as well!

Also, we are looking for more mentors to train and have ready for when the pandemic ends. If you or someone you know have an interest in making a difference in a child's life, please reach out to me!

In the meantime, remember, always be kind.

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Everyone in the valley liked Christmas a lot

But the year 2020, it surely did not!

The Year hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!

It spewed and it spouted and fumed without reason.

For eleven long months it had havocked the earth,

And determined it was to stop all forms of mirth.

The children when nestled all snug in their beds,

Had visions of viruses dance in their heads.

And ma with her ipad and pa in his sweats,

Were stressed, tired, and worried; both filled with regrets.

The Year started gloating in fact it was humming,

So pompously sure there was no Christmas coming.

Then out in the world there arose such a clatter,

2020 stopped short to see what was the matter.

All over the land it started to flow,

It started out small, then it started to grow.

First a quick word of kindness, then an action or two,

A few people tried it and then out of the blue,

Another one here and another one there,

Soon everyone showing just how much they care.

The Year how it shuddered, it cringed, and it groaned,

As people chose love and their actions now shone.

Each knew that the other had inestimable worth,

And to help one another: our purpose on earth.

So, “Goodbye 2020!” and “Hello 2021!”,

And as Tiny Tim said, “God bless us, everyone.”

*H/T & apologies to Dr. Seuss, Clement Moore, and Dickens.

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