For many of us, the holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family, but for individuals in need, it can be a challenging time. As in past years, The MENTOR Network and its partners celebrated this holiday season by giving back to their communities. Programs across the country reached out to provide food, gifts and a helping hand to their neighbors.
Staff of Creative Home Programs, a partner of The Network and California MENTOR, organized their annual Share the Joy toy drive to provide gifts to children in need.
Georgia MENTOR’s Columbus program partnered with Omega Psi Phi fraternity, which collected donations to provide 500 Thanksgiving turkeys to families in Columbus, Georgia. Staff assisted with providing turkeys to the community, including each foster home in the Columbus program.
Each MENTOR Maryland program adopted a homeless man residing at Weinberg Housing Resource Center, a homeless shelter in Baltimore. Thanks to the donations of many staff, each man received a coat and socks this holiday season.
Foster parent Gisele Lynch and her husband Bob lead a donation program to collect new winter clothing for the children of Cape Cod and the Islands every year. This year, many children received wrapped toys, hats, scarfs, jackets, pants, shoes, and more.
MENTOR Adult Day Health
Participants from Brockton ADH Center in Brockton, Massachusetts, made hats and scarves for individuals served by a local homeless shelter.
Angela Dick, Foster Parent Recruiter, donated her time to ring the bell for the Salvation Army.
MENTOR Network Corporate Office
Staff in The Network’s Boston office held their annual Thanksgiving bake sale to benefit Network Angels, a charitable organization that helps employees and independent contractors who experience sudden, life-altering events that jeopardize their ability to meet basic living expenses. Staff also organized their annual Giving Tree, which enabled employees to buy holiday gifts for children served by The Network’s programs. The Network also provided holiday gifts for children served in our programs in Ohio and Alabama.
Learn more about how we give back to our communities through volunteer work and philanthropy.