Benjamin Franklin said it best, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” During National Mentoring Month, Assistance League of the Bay Area thanked their members who help new adult and Assisteens volunteers gain the tools needed to be successfully involved with the organization.
During the new member training modules, adult volunteers learn about the chapter’s philanthropic programs from their new member trainers. A mentor can invite the new member to volunteer alongside them at various program activities or show them how to sign up. Subsequent training modules include resource development, chapter committees, and bylaws, policies, and standing rules.
Currently, all training is done virtually and one module is offered every month. A new member can receive all the training needed within three to six months. Mentoring is an important activity to get new members involved immediately without having to wait until they complete a training module.
Being a volunteer is more than just providing manpower for a needed activity. Socialization and friendship are also an integral part of being a member. Having a mentor means no one ever feels alone in a large group like Assistance League or Assisteens of the Bay Area. New member, Gina Sicking of Omega Bay thanked her mentor, Judy Raiford, and expressed, “It is nice to have someone to call”.
Assistance League of the Bay Area is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that changes lives through philanthropic programs in the Houston Bay Area community.