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 2017
This year, the MENTOR Network held its 5thAnnual Volunteer Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017. More than 2,500 volunteers in all of The Network’s 35 states completed 90 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:
- Painting and gardening at parks, schools and Boys & Girls Clubs
- Sorting donations at food banks and Goodwill stores
- Lending hands at charitable fundraisers
- Serving meals at soup kitchens
- Making care packages for individuals experiencing homelessness and children entering foster care
- Distributing safety helmets to support brain injury awareness
- Doing barn work at therapeutic horse farms