The Gift of Time and Attention

Jan. 29, 2019

Volunteers and Mentors are an invaluable part of who we are and what we do. Tamassee DAR School believes that children benefit from relationships with caring, well-trained staff, mentors and volunteers. It is through the efforts of those who volunteer their time that we are able to enhance and supplement our programs and services.   Tamassee DAR School has many opportunities throughout the year for you to help with tutoring, office assistance, projects, events, landscaping, and much, much more.

As one of our dedicated volunteers stated, “Tamassee DAR School has been one of the biggest blessings I have received in the past year and a half.  As a volunteer for any organization, you are often told that you are investing in the lives of those individuals. However, at Tamassee DAR School, I learned it was more than solely that. Each time I visit the campus, I leave with a fulfilled heart. Each one of the girls I have met, whether it be once or time and time again, have left an imprint in my heart. I am a better person as a result of them and I treasure all the time I have gotten to spend with them.”

Mentors actively listen to hopes, fears, and dreams.  They become an important part of the child’s journey towards better outcomes. According to statistics, many teens who age out of foster care at ages 18-21 struggle as they continue to transition into independent citizens.  Only 33% have a driver’s license and 56% have a high school diploma. We believe that by building positive relationships between adult mentors and teens these statistics can be reversed. Tamassee DAR School’s mentors commit to visiting a youth in care twice per month, and this is often a multi-year commitment.

Adrian is the Data Entry Manager at Tamassee DAR School who is also active member in the Tamassee DAR School Mentoring Program.    Adrian said, “The reason for getting involved in the mentoring program is to show the children that there are those who care enough to listen, help and encourage them with whatever they are facing.  It’s a way of giving back that comes from the heart and soul of person to share their time to make a child smile, laugh or just have someone to talk to”.

Won’t you become a volunteer or mentor TODAY!  To learn more about the Mentor Program at Tamassee DAR School, please contact our Collaboration and Engagement Coordinator at (864) 944-1390 ext. 122. Our goal is to have a mentor for every child in our residential program.

Reserve your tickets today for the April 5, 2019 Tamassee DAR School Centennial Benefit Concert, An Evening with Pianist, Calvin Jones at Southern Wesleyan University.   Tickets can be purchased at www.swu.edu/boxoffice/.   Sponsorship opportunities for this event are also available by contacting Kristin Henry at 864.944.1390 ext. 108.