After reviewing over 20 applications from local non-profits, Saratoga Springboard is excited to announce that they have selected Saratoga Mentoring to partner with this year. The partnership with Saratoga Mentoring is Saratoga Springboard’s fourth collaboration with a local not- for- profit. Last year, the group worked with Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation in an effort to raise funds for the restoration of the Spencer Trask Memorial in Congress Park.
The Saratoga Mentoring Program matches caring adult volunteers with children, ages 5-15, from challenging life circumstances. Mentors and kids spend a few hours together on a regular basis, building a friendship and having fun.
Most are from single parent families and many don’t have the chance to experience the rich cultural life of Saratoga Springs due to limited family resources. Mentors are there to listen, guide and be a friend. Having a mentor gives a child a positive role model, provides some new experiences, and helps the child to develop a sense of the future.
“We were pleasantly overwhelmed with many worthyproject proposals”, said Betsy Boland of Saratoga Springboard. “Ultimately, we were most moved by the Mentoring Program’s history of service to the community and impressed by the wide scope they have in assisting members of our community with many different needs.” We felt that our time and skills fit best with their project goals, said Boland.
Founded in 2009, Saratoga Springboard is a group of professionals volunteering together to improve the quality of life in the greater Saratoga region by selecting one local non-profit organization annually to support, with fundraising events, community outreach, or volunteer coordination. Saratoga Springboard fills a variety of needs for the organizations it serves, upholding Saratoga’s distinctiveness as a culturally rich, dynamic community.
For information about our past projects, please click here.