The desire to volunteer is instilled in many of us from our early childhood days. My call for the greater good was awakened in middle school when I got up one morning at 5:00am to make pancakes for a pancake breakfast fundraiser. Why get up so early you say? I was bent on making these pancakes from scratch… or maybe I didn’t know I could have just used a box mix. Maybe. Either way, my pancakes turned out delish (of course!) and selling them to hungry 8th graders for charity was satisfying on many levels way past the enjoyment of the customer’s taste buds.
Today, I channel my volunteering energy by helping at events, contributing some hard earned cash to my collegiate alma mater and being an active sorority alumnae on a local and national level. I felt, however, that I needed to connect with a cause that does good here, in DC. I got connected with Mentor USA through a friend and had the opportunity to help out at two local fundraising events including a shop-and-sip event held at Jimmy Choo in Chevy Chase (a volunteer’s dream) and the annual Gala held at the 4 Season’s in Georgetown with H.M. Silvia, Queen of Sweden and H.R.H Princess Madeleine in attendance ( a personal dream for me to meet…well, see both in person!).
Before you check out the picture gallery from Jimmy Choo, take a minute to read up on what Mentor USA does and contact the office in DC to see how you can get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Excerpt from The Mentor USA website:
Mentor at Work
Mentor targets children and young people and those who are the “agents of prevention”: parents, teachers and caregivers. It also targets the policy makers and practitioners who work for prevention around the world.
This work is provided directly to children through schools and other places where children meet; to parents and caregivers through training and specific programs; and through its work with partners in the business sector, governments and international and national non-government agencies.
Mentor’s work is delivered through its international office in the UK; national offices in Colombia, Germany, Lithuania, Sweden, UK and USA; and a regional office in Lebanon serving the 22 Arab League countries. Throughout, Mentor works in a variety of ways to pursue the mission of empowering young people to avoid drug abuse. This includes focusing on various target groups and identifying the appropriate activities and support for each.’