Hello Friends,

Many people are asking what the plan is for the fall school semester. We have been meeting with representatives of our 5 school districts and at this time we are hoping for virtual (ZOOM, Skype, etc.) mentoring until the virus spread is below 5%. We will know more once schools are up and running, but that is our current hope and plan. We know you are missing your mentees and that they want to see and talk to you as well. Our summer day camp was canceled at the last minute due to COVID-19 spread so we had 25 disappointed youth and mentors. We’ve already secured a date to ride the river next year (Tuesday, July 13th, 2021) and are looking forward to that. We appreciate everyone’s understanding in what was a sad turn of events. The current situation has also impacted our annual board bowl-a-thon fundraiser. With uncontrolled community spread a live event is not possible. We would love to focus instead on the following:

  1. Friend and relationship building I am able to train and interview potential mentors through ZOOM so that when things do open up again we will have trained mentors ready to go. If you are interested in mentoring or if you know someone who should be mentoring, please send them my way! A one hour a week commitment goes a long way in the life of a child. If you or someone you know would just like to learn more about The Mentoring Network, let me know and we’ll figure out a time to Zoom and get to know each other better.

  2. Giving opportunity for donations If you know of a business who would like to make a donation of any kind we would welcome that as the need for mentors for kids will continue to increase (we will also be giving a social media plug for sponsors). We are considering a small silent auction. If you know of people or businesses who might be willing to donate items that can be auctioned please reach out to them.

We would love to hear how you are doing. Please contact us and let us know! Please stay safe and reach out to us if we can help you. Be gentle with everyone. We really do need each other. Wishing you peace...

“Everyone’s gone all ‘pioneer’ these days,” said my neighbor as she talked about being unable to buy yeast for her bread machine.

Who would have dreamt a year ago that yeast would be one of this year’s hot selling items?

People have slowed down enough to make bread. And they are eating it together as a family.

Buying seeds and plants for the garden has been challenging. They are another surprising success.

People are taking time to plant gardens as a family.

People are going for walks together as a family.

Repair men are checking on elderly clients and asking them to “please call the office if they need help with anything at all”.

People are laying down their rights so they can pick up the universal obligation that supersedes those rights: The obligation to be kind to one another.

As the world opens up again, please continue to be a pioneer in the new old way of living.

Take time to learn new things.

Take time to be together as a family.

Slow down.

Love one another.

Always be kind.

Over 65% of our mentors have signed up to correspond with their mentees since school was closed. Kids love getting letters and we love seeing them suddenly realize that being able to communicate by writing and reading is very important. Here are a few quotes from the notes written by the kids:

Sometimes I pretend you are with me.

It’s going to be my birthday on Sunday.

I miss our times together just like you do.

I’m going on walks with my dad.

We do our homework and wash the dishes.

I hope you stay safe.

My dad said I can write you more later and I will.

I hope you have a great week.

We've been planting flowers and other stuff around my Mother's garden.

I am officially done with school and all I have to do is wait for the graduation ceremony which we aren't sure when that'll be.

I miss you and I wish we could see each other again in person.

Please write back.

God bless you.

If you are a mentor and want to write to your mentee contact us and we’ll do our best to secure the address. Note, our own address has changed this week. We are now at: P.O. Box 3696, Nampa, ID 83653. If you aren't a mentor, but suddenly have time on your hands and are feeling a nudge in the way of life's priorities, mentoring a child is a tremendous way to invest in your community and your world. You spend 1 hour a week at school during the school week, just showing up and being a friend. That said, I can still train mentors via ZOOM. Click the link HERE to fill out a mentor application. Once we receive the application, I'll give you a call to set up distance training ASAP. When school resumes, we'll match you with a child! If you have questions or concerns please reach out to us and we will do our best to help.

Stay well...stay healthy...stay kind.

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P.O. Box 3696 Nampa, ID 83653