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“Be The Change You Want To See In The World”

mentorWe have shared how volunteering is great for your health and for your career. Even with all this information about how being a volunteer can benefit us personally, we may still be hesitating.  Are you thinking, “Ok, I’m sold… but where do I start?’  Well, you’re in luck. The United Way Worldwide is asking you to take a pledge and we are going to help get you kick started with some tips on what to do and what not to do when getting started volunteering as a mentor.

What to Do:

1. Practice Active Listening

2. Try not to use the word “Should”  with yourself or your mentee.

3. Show up – Be on time and stay committed.

4. Have your own mentors – push your own growing edge.

5. Celebrate – During every interaction make sure there is at least one step of progress that is celebrated.

What Not to Do:

1. Poor communication

2. Over-commit

3. Do the work for the mentee/Set the mentee’s goals

4. Criticize mistakes

5. Tell the mentee what to do/Give frequent advice.


Once you sign the United Way pledge, you can simply dial 2-1-1, or visit the United Way Volunteer Center to find the perfect mentorship opportunity to match your interests.

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