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A Mentor Writes A Letter Of Gratitude

Linda Walker served as a mentor for a young woman in the Brunswick area for more than a year. Recently, Linda sent a letter to Volunteer Services describing her relationship with her mentee. She called it "a learning experience." The two enjoyed the time they spent together, she wrote.

Because of family changes, Linda cannot continue mentoring, but she wanted us to know "that mentoring has been very fulfilling for me."

From Linda's letter: "Even though I raised three kids of my own and thought I knew it all, I know now that I didn't know it all. I have learned so much. People are mean to kids that don't look like they think teenagers should look. My mentee sometimes looks like a tough little punk kid. Underneath is a heart of gold and the sweetest little girl you would ever want to meet. It has been an honor for me to volunteer for this organization. If in the future my situation changes, I won't hesitate to contact you again."

Linda has been nominated to receive an award at Sweetser's Volunteer Recognition Dinner on April 30. The purpose of the award is to honor someone for the difference they make in a young person's life and for the many opportunities they provide for those under their care.

~ Staff

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