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.
Mercy Home offers youth who seek a new beginning hope and promise of a healthy and successful future, safety, respect and opportunities for growth.
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls provides hurting, abandoned, and neglected youth with the resources they have lacked: a safe place to live, clothing, education, medical care, and counseling. Mercy's youth also receive valuable life skills to prepare them to one day live independently, to find and keep gainful employment, to attend college in many cases, and to develop healthy relationships. Mercy Home also has a prevention program: The Friends First mentoring program, which matches trained adult volunteer mentors with at-risk children for one year.
I am actively volunteering in the Friends First mentoring program. It's an easy program to be involved with and a great excuse to get out and do things around the city. You are paired up with a carefully selected match for a year or more and go out and do things you are mutually interested in, such as fishing, seeing movies, going to museums or sports games, etc. The program provides great training and continued support.