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A great first year for Mother Mentors | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

Congratulations and thanks to all who helped bring Mother Mentors to life.

On Jan. 20, 2008, I wrote a letter to this paper asking for volunteers interested in supporting new parents in our community. Together, we created this new program we call Mother Mentors.

We know that children who feel loved and secure will be best able to face the world and will be ready to learn. Mother Mentors’ goal is to honor and support parents as they face the challenges of parenting to help them create strong bonds with their young children.

Since 2008, we have created this new organization, and want to thank the Readiness to Learn Foundation for allowing us to affiliate with it. One year ago, we were ready to train our first mentor volunteers. In Mother Mentors’ first year, we have trained

18 volunteer mentors. Of these, 13 have mentored a new family. In all, we have served 11 families with a total of

20 children. Everyone involved with Mother Mentors is a volunteer, and all our services are free.

We are continually finding (and seeking) more and more qualified and willing volunteers who wish to help out families in our community. We want to be able to support every new baby’s family. We need more volunteers. Wouldn’t you like to hold a new baby and help new parents get a good start in their parenting careers? We ask for a minimum three-month commitment; volunteers can choose when they are ready and able to assist a family.

For all of us on the coordinating committee, it has been the face-to-face relationships with each other and with parents and kids that have given us joy, satisfaction and the desire to do more. We want to say a big thank you and congratulations to our volunteers, to RTLF and to the community for continuing an age-old custom of supporting families in this new age of hectic and sometimes disjointed lives. Supporting parents is a simple idea, but it makes a big difference.

If you’d like to be a mentor or are a parent of young children who would love to have a little help at home, please call or e-mail us at 579-4565 or mothermentors@whidbey.com.

Kristin Lasher, Linda Ridder, Janet Staub, Anna Marie Morton, Gwen Coughenour, Lisa Kois, Emmy Mcneil Atwood

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