Donna's Ditties: January 2018

Happy New Year! I hope your new year is off to a great start. There are lots of sicknesses going around right now. Be sure to call ahead to the school to make sure your mentee is there. Also, don’t feel bad if you need to cancel because of illness or fear of illness. The kids will understand if you just let them know—or let us know to let them know. We need you to take care of yourself! Once again it is time for us to ask for your mentoring hours for Fall semester. Your hours are so important to our organization, allowing us to show funders the commitment our engaged volunteers give each year. Please post your hours for last semester and this semester. You can post them at: http://mentorin

You Couldn't Pay Me...

There are grumpy days and there are happy days. Mentors get to see both. Sometimes just spending an hour of one-on-one time with a child is enough to change a grumpy day into a happy day. Sometimes it's not. When kids seem indifferent or even ‘mean’, ask them what is going on. They might not know what they are doing or they might be testing you to see if you are going to give up on them too. Some kids actually think mentors are paid for being their friend. It makes a big impact when they find out you are showing up and spending time with them because you care about them and believe in them— in spite of any hang-ups they might have. Talk to them about your volunteering. They need to know

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