Happy Thanksgiving to Supporters of Mentoring in Vermont!November 28, 2013 Mobius
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone involved with the mentoring movement! Here at Mobius we are extremely grateful for the good work that mentors and mentoring programs throughout the state are doing to support Vermont’s young people. We are thankful for the continued financial contributions from the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, the A.D. Henderson Foundation, and the State of Vermont that go directly towards the start-up and enhancement of quality-based programs across the state.
We are also thankful for the support of the local business community, both for recognizing the value of mentoring, and for helping to alleviate the financial burden of being an unpaid volunteer. This support comes in the form of prizes for volunteers, one-time opportunities to attend performances or sporting events, and in the ongoing opportunities included in our Mentor Discount Card program.
In recognition of the work that mentoring program staff members do, across the state and throughout New England, to support mentors and mentees, Cabot Creamery Cooperative donated a cheese gift pack as Mobius’ raffle prize at the 2013 Northeast Regional Mentoring Summit. Earlier this month, Cabot also donated a prize for Mobius and Vermont Campus Compact’s College Positive Volunteerism forum at St. Michael’s College. The lucky winner of the raffle was Megan Cavanaugh, a college student mentor from The DREAM Program at Johnson State College.
Cabot also manages Reward Volunteers, an ongoing program to reward mentors and other volunteers for the hours they spend giving back to their communities. We encourage all mentors to take advantage of this opportunity by logging their hours in the Reward Volunteers website or through the smartphone app. All volunteers who log hours are eligible for monthly prizes for themselves and for the organization for which they are volunteering.
One lucky mentor pair from HowardCenter’s Community Friends Mentoring got to attend a UVM men’s hockey game earlier this month, thanks to a generous donation from our friends at Casella. UVM sporting events are a big hit with mentors and mentees, and we are also grateful for tickets we have received from individuals who are season ticket holders, and for other free opportunities made available by the UVM Athletics Department’s sponsorship of Mobius’ Mentor Discount Card.
In all, 42 businesses in Chittenden County sponsor the discount card, including American Flatbread (Burlington Hearth), which provides a 50 percent discount on food if a mentor and mentee have dinner together. Other seasonal options include free lift passes for mentees at Bolton Valley Resort and unlimited Bash Badge pricing for mentor pairs at Smuggler’s Notch. For a full list of current sponsors, visit the discount card web page.
These are just a few examples of the many ways that businesses are supporting the Vermont mentoring community. In 2014, as a part of our ongoing push to expand mentoring services across the state, we will be launching a statewide version of the current discount card. Are you a business that is interested in supporting mentoring? Mentors, do you have particular activities or places that you and your mentee especially enjoy? If you are interested in participating in the discount card program, or have ideas on businesses we may want to add to the card, please contact Daron Blake: 802-658-1888 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you again to everyone in our great state (and beyond) who supports mentoring!