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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Letter to the Editor from Mary Moring, INVEST
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This letter was submitted to the Chicago Tribune's editorial staff during the week of 9/11/02. It was written by the leader of a Tutor/Mentor network in Evanston, Il., following the annual volunteer recruitment campaign organized by the Tutor/Mentor Connection.

There is another story about education beyond the school buildings, the administrators, the teachers, and the parents. Thousands of students are also supported by a small army of people dedicated to their well being. They are the hundreds of tutoring and mentoring programs and the volunteers who give many hundreds of hours. In most cases, the volunteer's commitment is less than two hours a week, though many give much more.

If you ask administrators of tutoring and mentoring programs how many children they can serve, the answer most often is, as many as we can find volunteers for.>/i> The trick is getting the message to the widest audience that the need is great.

On September 12, 13 and 14 representatives from over 100 tutor/mentor programs will be available at volunteer recruitment fair sites at book stores, banks, coffee shops, government buildings, and other places to talk to the public about their programs. Fairs will be held throughout Chicago, Schaumburg, Palatine, Mount Prospect, Tinley Park, South Holland, Morton Grove, Elmhurst, Oak Park, Deerfield and Evanston. And the rest of the story is that they will help prospective volunteers find a program that fits, even if it is a different program than the ones recruiting at that specific location. A volunteer tutor or mentor is too valuable a resource to waste.

This the eighth year for the Tutor/Mentor Volunteer Recruitment Campaign, sponsored by the Tutor/Mentor Connection of Chicago. Their staff has inspired and assisted countless programs in the process of connecting more tutors and mentors to the children who need help, and to each other for support. This annual event and the sharing and cooperation among programs is unique in the United States.

Those interested in finding a tutor/mentor program that suits their situation may go to www.tutormentorexchange.net and check out the listing under 2002 campaign.

Signed
Mary Moring, INVEST, Evanston, Illinois


Note: The 2006 Chicagoland Back to School Tutor/Mentor Volunteer Recruitment Campaign is launching in a few weeks. If your company or church can help us spread the word, or if you know of people who want to volunteer, visit the Program Locator section of this web site and search for contact information for various programs in different zipd codes of the Chicago region. If you'd like to get your program listed, or update your information, email the Tutor/Mentor Connection at tutormentor2@earthlink.net.
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