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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | More Mother Mentors needed
To the editor:
The June 20 Mother Mentors Summer Solstice Breakfast was a big success. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to all the people who helped us. Many volunteered their time cooking, setting up and serving. Others donated baked goods or provided live music, or brought flowers. The list goes on and on. You are all wonderful, thank you!
Mother Mentors of Whidbey Island is now well established as a local nonprofit organization with volunteers who will regularly visit a family with children ages birth to 5. Volunteer mentors provide in-home practical and emotional support to mothers of young children (dads too) once or twice a week for a period of a few months.
Do you know a young family who could use some extra support? Adding a new baby is a joy but also a challenge. Adding a second or third child may be even more of a challenge. We know that all parents with young children need all the support available. And, we know that parents who are well supported are best able to bond with their infants and young children.
Volunteer mentors can visit a family and do the laundry, play with the toddler while mom is with her new baby, hold the baby while mom takes a shower, or share a cup of tea and some adult conversation. We can help identify community resources for particular needs. Our role is to offer support to the parents so they can be the best parent possible.
Do you have a few extra hours to help out a family with young children? This is an ideal volunteer activity for those who are gone for parts of the year; we ask for time commitments of only a few months at a time.
All volunteers must attend a 3 and one-half hour training and have background checks. The next volunteer training for Mother Mentors will be happening in the fall in Coupeville and October in Langley.
Attending a training session is the best way to find out what it means to be a Mother Mentor. Even if you do not want to be a mentor, but want to volunteer with us in other ways, such as PR and outreach, your first step is to attend the training session. We are looking for volunteers to assist us with a website, PR development, and community outreach.
Please help us spread the word. Leave a voice message at 321-1484, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register for training or to ask for more information. Information gatherings are offered the second Monday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Back Room of South Whidbey Commons Coffee House; all are welcome.
Linda Ade Ridder, board member,
Mother Mentors of Whidbey Island