The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The Washington County Juvenile Department STEP Mentoring Program pairs an adult mentor with an at-risk youth age 12-17. Mentors work with a youth to support them in achieving their individual goals, including academic success, job skills, social and life skills, and partnering with them in positive, pro-social activities. Matches are made based on mutual interest, personalities, and language/cultural needs. Mentors must be at least 20 years old, able to pass a criminal and driving background check, and make a commitment of at least 6 months with 8 hours face to face contact per month with a youth. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working with youth and to make the difference in the life of a young person.