Parents in Columbia County will have another resource to provide additional mentoring support for their children starting in early 2021. 

Kinship Mentoring of Columbia County, a nonprofit community organization, has just opened its doors, welcoming volunteers to apply to become mentors and accepting applications and referrals for mentees. Applications are currently being accepted for matches that will launch in early 2021.

“Kinship Mentoring has been in the works since early 2018 and we’re very excited to be in launch mode and bring this much needed service to Columbia County,” said Board President Doug Fearing. 

Executive Director, Amy Mondloch, joined the organization in early October. Mondloch brings a unique perspective with a history as a community organizer, non-profit director, former foster parent, and child care professional. 

“We’re really excited to be getting started accepting mentors and mentees,” Mondloch said. “COVID-19 has slowed down the process and it will continue to impact how we operate for the foreseeable future. But the kids in Columbia County need mentoring and there are adults out there who want to be those caring, committed mentors. We believe we can make that happen in safe, healthy ways, and that now is the time to get started.”

More information and applications for mentees and mentors, as well as forms to refer children who may benefit from mentoring, are available at www.kinshipcc.org or by calling 262-204-3564.  Mentors are asked to commit to at least one year, while meeting with their mentee two to four times a month. 

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