Saturday, August 09, 2008

Volunteer Time, Talent, Dollars with a Tutor/Mentor Program

Each year since 1995 the Tutor/Mentor Connection has worked with Chicago Access TV to help recruit volunteers to be part of tutor/mentor programs throughout the city of Chicago. This year a slide show is running on TV27 during August, and it can also be seen as a volunteer recruitment video on

If you're interested in volunteering, you can use the Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator web site to shop for pick programs near where you live, or work, and who look like you'd want to join.

As you consider ways to be involved, I encourage you to think of ways you can help Cabrini Connections, the Tutor/Mentor Connection and other volunteer-based tutoring/mentoring programs, get the operating dollars it takes to offer these services. The T/MC is part of Community Shares of Illinois, which organizes workplace fund raising campaigns in businesses, schools, universities and government offices.

Using payroll giving an employee can make a donation of $1 a week, which is less than the cost of a cup of coffee. Yet this adds up over a year to a $52 donation. If thousands of employees designate small weekly donations to tutor/mentor programs this can have a huge impact on our sustainability and effectiveness.

As your employee if they offer a workplace campaign. Ask if Community Shares of Illinois is included, or if your company allows you to write in non profits of your choice. By doing so you help us support the volunteers who join our programs, and thus help us do more to help kids.

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