At the MENTOR Network, community service is a way of life. Each spring, Network employees and individuals we serve come together for our annual Volunteer Day, a time when we give back to the communities in which we live and work.
Volunteer Day began in 2013, when five Network states decided to spend a day lending a hand in their communities. Local projects included beautifying parks, sorting donations at food pantries, painting schools and cleaning up Boys & Girls Clubs.
Over time, the project has grown significantly, as more and more employees wanted to give back in their own communities. In most recent years, more than 2,500 volunteers have participated, including family members, friends and individuals served by Network programs.
Volunteer Day 2018
The MENTOR Network held its 6thAnnual Volunteer Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018. More than 2,000 volunteers in 34 states completed 80 service projects across the country. As in the past, this year’s participants embraced Volunteer Day with a passion to clean up, rebuild, beautify and otherwise give back to their home communities. Projects included:
- Sorting donations at food banks
- Lending a hand at shelters for those experiencing homelessness
- Serving meals to people in need
- Filling backpacks with food for youth at risk
- Cleaning up and assisting customers at non-profit thrift stores
- Preparing community gardens for spring planting
- Cleaning up at parks