Community service is a way of life at The MENTOR Network. That spirit shines all year through our employees, who devote their time and passion to charitable projects that are meaningful to them. During the holidays, we see that spirit of giving as employees look for ways to share the season with neighbors in need. During the recent holiday season, staff organized food drives, donated toys, and reached out to provide support, ensuring that people in need were included in the celebration.
“It is inspiring to see so many of our employees reaching out to their neighbors in a year that has been difficult for so many. Thanks to all who have reached out to lend a helping hand to someone in need—not just this holiday season, but all year long,” said William McKinney, MENTOR’s Chief Executive Officer.
Here are just a few of the ways our employees found to share the holidays with the communities they call home.
Staff in Alabama provided holiday gifts to children served in our foster care programs.*
California MENTOR staff organized their annual “Share The Joy” program to provide gifts and support to children and families served through our Creative Home Programs. The Alhambra Host Home program assembled 100 holiday meal bags for families in need within the local community.
Staff in the St. Louis area organized a giving tree to collect gifts and necessities for families in need.
Employees in Sarasota, Florida participated in a food drive for Thanksgiving to benefit a local food pantry and contributed items for a Christmas drive for the local Salvation Army.
Staff in Tampa, Florida participated in a toy drive for Metropolitan Ministries, which supports families experiencing poverty and homelessness in the Tampa Bay area.
Ohio MENTOR partnered with churches and community members who donated gifts to distribute to children in our foster care programs and their families. Children were able to virtually call in to their coordinators and “shop” for gifts for family members.
The REM Iowa Host Home team and Mentors donated gifts to families in need through the Adopt a Family program.
Staff organized a giving tree to collect gifts as well as food and other necessities for families served by Northway Academy in need of support due to COVID-19.
MENTOR Corporate Office
To help make the holiday season brighter for the children we serve, MENTOR donated holiday gifts for all children in our foster care programs in South Carolina and Georgia.
We were also able to provide assistance this year through our Emergency Support Program, created to assist employees and Mentors who have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19. Through our employee-founded charitable organization Network Angels, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, MENTOR granted more than $150,000 to employees who have experienced unexpected life-altering events that jeopardized their ability to afford basic living expenses. More than 1,600 employees donated to Network Angels this year, in addition to a $100k donation from MENTOR.
Learn more about how MENTOR gives back to the communities where we live and work.
*Donations made to individuals served in our programs are not tax deductible.