Our Leadership Charlottesville team knew that we had done everything possible to make yesterday’s Mentor & Tutor Opportunity Fair a success, but we still agonized over whether or not the public would show up to visit with the many wonderful organizations in need of volunteers.
Thanks in large part to the generous advertising support by NBC29 and all the Monticello Media radio stations (and we hope by our use of social media like this blog marathon) we had a steady stream of visitors from 3:00 to 6:00. The agency representative were very happy with the engaged, interested contacts they made, and that is what it is all about. If as a result of our efforts, a few more kids have mentors and tutors who take an interest in them, then every single minute spent on this project was worth it.
We had wonderful food donations by Chick-Fil-A, Big Jim’s Bar-B-Que, Harris Teeter and BreadWorks. We even had the Chick Fil A cow walking up and down the Downtown Mall carrying an “Eat Mor Chiken, Mentor Mor Kids” sign. The construction workers on the re-bricking project were particularly thrilled and asked to have a group shot taken with the cow. Thank you to those who were volunteered for cow duty.
We could not have asked for a better location for the fair than the Omni Hotel and cannot thank them enough for the use of their room and wonderful staff. Thank you, Melissa Soutter, for your wonderful event planning expertise.
Shaele Wood of the United Way Volunteer Center provided invaluable, centralized knowledge of our local nonprofit community and provided a lot of technical support to our team. As a Leadership Charlottesville (LC) alumnus, she (in her words) earned her Masters degree in LC as she was a full participant in this, her second LC team project.
We will be surveying our partner agencies in the near future for their feedback and suggestions, and hope to sustain this as an annual effort because there will always be kids in need of mentors and tutors who will pass it on.
We’d love to hear your comments about the fair itself, this blog marathon, or your own stories about mentors or tutors. Please leave your comments below and enjoy the pictures from our event!
Posted by Kim Connolly.