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Mentor Me Celebrates Volunteers, Donors – Cumming, GA Patch

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CUMMING, GA — Whether a mentor to a kid, a volunteer at an event, or a donor, all are important to Mentor Me North Georgia according to Board Chair Ken Martasin who said that at the organization’s annual Celebration Breakfast.

“Today we honor you and all the good that you bring to our community through your support of Mentor Me – you are making lives better,” he said in a release.

The annual event, at the Cumming Recreation Center, is sponsored by Mentor Me North Georgia, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring relationships between volunteer adults and local children who need role models in their lives.

Susan Tanner received the 2019 Kick-it-Up Mentor of the Year Award for her role in Mentor Me’s Kick-it-Up Clubs program. In collaboration with the Forsyth County school system, the clubs support and encourage the performance of middle and high school students. Tanner mentors Gabby, who expressed her gratitude, “I am so incredibly lucky to have Susan as my mentor. She has helped me with coping with the passing of my mom when I was 14. She helped me out of a dark place. I don’t know what I would do without her.”

Tanner said she was immediately drawn to Gabby.

“I yearned to bring some light back into her life and help her through the healing process,” Tanner said in the release. “And she has made me a better person. Thank you Gabby for letting me be your mentor, and thank you Mentor Me for making this all happen.”

Mike Martin also received a Mentor of the Year award. He was matched with Miguel in 2012.

“I appreciate being a part of this tremendous organization,” Martin said in the release. “They are providing huge benefits to families, children and the community. Miguel and I have enjoyed so many activities together, like fishing, movies, building car models, and a variety of Mentor Me functions. And a couple of years ago, we discussed the life-time importance of reading. So every week we have focused on reading and working on homework, then going to dinner. Thank you Mentor Me for making this possible.”

Sarah Blackmar was honored during the celebration breakfast for mentoring in the organization’s
REACH program. It is a reading program to help students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Mentor Me is a Forsyth County United Way agency. However, the organization depends on private
donations for much of its funding. To volunteer or make a donation, contact executive director Sylvia Cardona at 678-341-8028, sylvia@mentormenorthga.org.

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