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Just Days Away

Share a gift with our kids this Giving Tuesday!

Give kids a bright future

Giving Tuesday is Just Days Away

Don't forget to mark your calendars for December 1 and plan on sharing a gift to give our kids brighter futures!

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Time's Running Out

There are only a few hours left to help out families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Gifts made today will be matched.

#GivingTuesdayNow is almost over. Only a few hours left to help our families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Gifts made today will be matched up to $50,000 thanks to the generosity of a dedicated group of employees at William Blair and its matching gifts program.

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Brighter Futures..

begin with you, help Chicago’s children by donating to Mercy Home!

Support March For Kids

It Begins With You

You can help create a brighter future for Chicago’s children by supporting Mercy Home’s March for Kids this month.

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Community vs. Site-based Mentoring Programs

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Friends First has two options, and both types of mentoring are effective ways to improve a young person’s life. The key ingredient that makes mentoring work is the formation of a genuine friendship between the mentor and the child. The information below is designed to help you select an option that works best for you.
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[av_row row_style=”][av_cell col_style=’avia-desc-col’]Defined[/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]A cool way to learn your way around Chicago! Community-based mentors pick up their mentees from home. The children in Friends First live in various neighborhoods throughout the city.[/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]Our boys campus in the West Loop is the site! We pick up the children, and site-based mentors will meet their mentee on campus. The children in Friends First live in various neighborhoods throughout the city.[/av_cell][/av_row]
[av_row row_style=”][av_cell col_style=’avia-desc-col’]Commitment[/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]1 Year (8 hours per month). Community-based mentors agree to spend a minimum of 4 hours every other week with their mentee. The match goes a full 12-month cycle. Weekend availability is preferred.[/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]School-calendar (9 months). Site-based mentors agree to spend a minimum of 5 hours every other weekend with their mentee. This is done on Saturdays only.[/av_cell][/av_row]
[av_row row_style=”][av_cell col_style=’avia-desc-col’]Scheduling[/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]Mentors decide with their mentee, the best day/time for them to meet for an outing. If you have a rigorous or unpredictable schedule, this is a good option.[/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]Enjoy the luxury of a regular and predictable schedule! Friends First will provide a calendar of session dates. A good option if you like having a set time and place to meet. Also a good option if you are taking public transportation.[/av_cell][/av_row]
[av_row row_style=”][av_cell col_style=’avia-desc-col’]Meals[/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]We are a low-cost/no-cost program, but volunteers may purchase lunch or pay any costs associated with outings.[/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]Lunch is provided for every session, as well as costs associated with group outings.[/av_cell][/av_row]
[av_row row_style=”][av_cell col_style=’avia-desc-col’]The Outings[/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]Plan activities with your mentee! Community-based mentors decide what to do during the time spent with their mentee, or allow the mentee to select the location of an outing. There is no shortage of things to do in our big city![/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]The site-based program provides a combination of on-site activities and off-site outings. On alternating Saturdays, mentors will decide what to do with their mentee for the day. There is no shortage of things to do in our big city![/av_cell][/av_row]
[av_row row_style=”][av_cell col_style=’avia-desc-col’]Screening Process[/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]Our volunteer selection process includes a personal interview, criminal background check, medical exam, reference feedback, and record of driving history (if applicable). Community-based mentors must have full clearance before being matched with a child. You do not have to have a car to be a mentor.[/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]Our volunteer selection process includes a personal interview, criminal background check, medical exam, reference feedback, and record of driving history (if applicable). Site-based mentors must have full clearance before being matched with a child. You do not have to have a car to be a mentor.[/av_cell][/av_row]
[av_row row_style=”][av_cell col_style=’avia-desc-col’]Additional Support[/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]Mentors will meet or speak with their assigned Match Support Representative (“MSR”) on a regular basis. This allows our program to give and receive feedback about the match.[/av_cell][av_cell col_style=”]Mentors receive on-site support from their assigned Match Support Representative (“MSR”). Staff is available during each session to give and receive feedback about the match.[/av_cell][/av_row]
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