It’s the holiday season, which is always a great time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. It’s also the time that we put an extra emphasis on giving, both in thought and deed, so what better way for Celtic Nation to do its part than to help promote a truly awesome Boston-area-based charity – The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.
The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation was established for the purpose of raising and distributing funds to youth service and enrichment programs. The Foundation was established in May 2001 by Mark Wahlberg, a lifelong member and advocate of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Mark came from a family of nine children and spent most of his afternoons and evenings at his local club. Mark credits a large part of his success to the fact that he was fortunate enough to spend his free time in the positive and nurturing environment of the Boys and Girls club.
So, in the spirit of giving, Celtic Nation will be making a $100 donation to the Mark Wahlberg Foundation, and challenges its readers and Twitter / Facebook followers to step up and give as well – whether that means one dollar, ten or a hundred, every donation counts and helps a tremendously worthwhile cause.
How can you donate?
Please visit the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation web site.
And if you can’t give but still want to help, you can always volunteer to be a mentor.
Mentoring is one of the most meaningful ways you can volunteer because you can significantly impact the life of a young person. No special skills are needed… just the willingness to care and spend time with someone who needs you. Mentors are everyday heroes, like you and me, who transform a life or a community through their commitment to make a difference.
A mentor is a trusted and faithful friend who listens, supports, and guides a young person on a consistent basis over a specified period of time. To children, mentoring means having a trusted friend who cares about them and listens to them; a role model they can look up to; someone who will help them achieve their dreams. The mentor is the one who initiates the flow of the relationship and invites the mentee to share and explore through open communication. A mentor helps the mentee find out where they want to go and help them find positive and effective ways to get there, while also helping them to grow and develop along the way.
Join one of the national Youth Organizations or contact your local youth group today and ask them how you can get started mentoring. Together we can make a difference!
It is the mission of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation to improve the quality of life for inner city youth through a working partnership with other youth organizations. Many Organizations exist that work with children to improve their quality of life. Get involved, and make a difference.
BOYS and GIRLS CLUB: http://www.bgca.org/
BIG BROTHER / BIG SISTER: http://www.bbbs.org/