Purpose/Program Description: WNS volunteer mentors are adults looking to invest in a child’s life as a positive role model, and encourage them create and meet goals. They should be people who are interested in developing a relationship with the child. Our goal is for each child enrolled in WNS's after school program to have his or her own mentor, so this is one area we could always use more help. Mentees are matched to their mentor based on common interests, goals, or hobbies, so when applying please mention a few of the things you enjoy. If, after meeting with your child, a positive relationship is not established, we will work to find you a new mentee. If you need in service hours or practicum hours, just let us know and we can work with you to document your time volunteering.
Responsibilities: Engage and develop relationships with students. Be creative in your approach to mentoring your mentee Be a supportive voice to students. Work with assigned mentee for a minimum of one hour per week. Help enhance educational understanding for the mentee Must work well with diverse population Maintain positive work attitude, enthusiasm, and self-confidence Exhibit punctuality and maintain regular attendance when scheduled Have a positive attitude Be flexible Follow all K-8 Policies and Procedures Communicate any issues to the Program Manager Report any suspicions of child abuse to the Program Manager as we are mandated to report any abuse concerns to the State of Indiana If, due to schedule complications, you are unable to make it for your scheduled meeting, please let the Program Manager know as soon as possible.
Westminster Neighborhood Services, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis that works with the neighborhood, individuals, businesses, service and professional groups, religious organizations and community partners to serve local families by:
Providing children’s programs that meet nurturing, safety, educational and developmental needs,
Providing food and clothing to meet the basic needs of neighborhood families, and
Providing supportive services.
For more than 30 years, Westminster Neighborhood Services, Inc. (WNS) has provided basic resources and education opportunities for at-risk children and families on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. While nationally 19.1% of people report income at or below the poverty level, here in Westminister’s neighborhood, that number is a staggering 43%.
Beginning as an ecumenical program offering summer activities for children, WNS grew and today includes afterschool, intercession, and summer programming for children and youth, a preschool, a food pantry, a soup kitchen a clothing closet, a partnership with Genessaret Free Clinic, and a Christmas Basket distribution program.
Today, Westminster is an inner city neighborhood with exponential needs, where families struggle with poverty, stress, illiteracy, joblessness and substance abuse. WNS’s programs are built on a strong foundation of volunteering and support by individuals, congregations, foundations, businesses, and civic and professional organizations.
Westminster is dedicated to help those in need with a focus on a hand-up rather than a hand out. We provide services that support families as a whole, focusing on the needs of all family members as a unit. When families are supported and self-sustaining they are able to turn outwards and transform their own community.