As an important partner of Mentor Me, I want to let you know that our Board of Directors is exploring a merger with Petaluma People Services Center. As I expect you are aware, PPSC is a highly respected nonprofit that has served Petaluma residents and those in southern Sonoma County since 1974. Our initial discussions have gone very well and we are at a place where I am able to share this information with you.
The joining of our organization with this larger, well established nonprofit will allow us to expand our capacity to provide school-based mentoring across Petaluma and to better integrate with PPSC’s existing programs and services. Mentor Me will continue to provide our youth mentoring services as a program of Petaluma People Services Center.
Most importantly, please rest assured that the transition will be seamless to our mentees and mentors. No changes will take place at our partner school sites and we will continue to use the Cavanagh Recreation Center as a hub for mentorships, offering the same services that have always been available.
Our number one priority continues to be youth mentoring and we remain steadfastly committed to finding adult mentors in our community to match with all of the children on our wait list. Together, Mentor Me and PPSC will strive to create a world where every child has a mentor.
We hope to complete the merger by early 2020 and would welcome your support during time of transition. Here are a few ways to do so:
- As always, please consider becoming a mentor or inviting a friend to become a mentor.
- Join us as we celebrate National Mentoring Month with a Mentor Appreciation Party on January 21st at 6 pm at our Cavanagh Rec Center.
- And, lastly, please consider a financial donation to Mentor Me to support ongoing youth mentoring during this time of transition.
We expect that merging with PPSC will create a strong foundation for keeping mentoring vibrant for many years to come. Please feel free to contact me or any other Mentor Me board member with questions you might have about the planned merger.
Catina Haugen, Board President