It takes one person to make a difference in the life of a child.

By sharing fun activities and exposing a child to new experiences, mentors encourage positive choices, promote high self-esteem, support academic achievement and introduce their mentee to new ideas.

December 2013 Newsletter

Caterpillar Donates to Mentor Program

Pictured (l-r): Kevin Turner,¬†Caterpillar supply chain planning engineer and mentor; Paula Shilton, CCMP executive director; Michael White, Caterpillar Athens human resources manager; Amanda Smith, Caterpillar global purchasing buyer and Robert Miles, CCMP treasurer. The Clarke County Mentor Program (CCMP) thanks Caterpillar’s Building Construction Products Division on behalf of the Caterpillar Foundation for their recent investment in CCMP’s Community Mentor Recruitment Project. The Caterpillar Foundation’s contribution will help CCMP reach our goal of recruiting not just additional mentors, but more long-term community mentors. The longer the mentoring relationship, the better the outcome for mentored students in Clarke County. We are very pleased to have a Caterpillar employee among our new group of mentors who began this fall! Kevin Turner, supply chain planning engineer, is mentoring a second grader at Cleveland Road Elementary School – their relationship has gotten off to a great start.

CCMP at Holiday Benevolence Market

CCMP board member and mentor Angela Megaw

Bob Burton, a CCMP mentor, and one of the event’s musicians

Why CCMP for End of Year Giving?

“To give away money is an easy matter, and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter.” – Aristotle 10. CCMP is cost-efficient: 500 mentor-mentee pairs in 2012-2013 with a $58K budget. 9. There aren’t enough mentors to meet the demand; most schools have waiting lists of students who want, and could benefit from having, a mentor. 8. Mentoring leads to higher graduation rates and better workforce preparedness. 7. CCMP’s funds are strictly from individuals, businesses and foundations – – not the School District, the Chamber of Commerce, United Way or Athens-Clarke County. 6. Mentees support us: “When my mentor came, she helped me and I got back on track and got better in school because I found ways to study (that worked) and discovered what my strengths are.” 5. Mentors support us: “I have seen my mentee be the first in her family to go to college. I would like to think that I have had an influence on that.” 4. CCMP is a 501 (c) 3 (tax deductible) organization. 3. Over 300 mentors are UGA students, who are learning valuable lessons about commitment, relationship-building, child development, cultural competence and giving back to their community. 2. School Counselors have students who ask them almost every day, “When am I getting a mentor?” 1. Research indicates that spending money on others makes people happier than spending it on themselves.

Why I Give

Todd Emily, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, says “I give to charity as a way of giving back to the community which has provided me with so much opportunity. I give to the Clarke County Mentor Program in particular because of the organization’s direct impact on the youth of the community. The Mentor Program is well established, professionally managed and has been very consistent in delivering results.”


Save the Date – Fundraising Breakfast

Thursday, January 23, 2014 7:15 – 8:45 AM Athens Holiday Inn Keynote Speaker Sandy D. Welfare, Executive Director, Cool Girls, Inc., will speak about why Mentoring Matters! The Breakfast is CCMP’s primary fundraiser and supports mentor recruitment and training. One-time contributions and multi-year pledges are accepted. Sponsorships at the $500 and $1,000 levels are also available, and include recognition in all CCMP publicity.

Mentor Training Sessions

Tuesday, January 14 OR February 11 6:00 – 8:00 PM Athens Area Chamber of Commerce NOTE: This is not an appropriate volunteer opportunity for students in their final year of college, as we require a one-year commitment.

Thanks to our 2013-2014 Sponsors

Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Athens Regional Health System Bell’s Food Stores Ed Benson Carson Advisory Inc. Caterpillar Emmanuel Episcopal Church Fire and Flavor Betty & Davis Fitzgerald Foundation Georgia Power Foundation

Jackson EMC Foundation Junior League of Athens Kroger Foundation Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation Publix Super Markets Charities St. Mary’s Heath Care System Todd Emily Trinity Accounting Group Walton EMC Wells Fargo

The Adsmith Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust Cofer’s Home & Garden Doherty, Duggan, Hart & Tiernan

Georgia United Credit Union Jackson Spalding Jittery Joe’s Coffee

Quick Facts

Our program recruits and trains volunteers to serve as mentors to students in all of our public schools, K-12 grade. They function primarily as friends. We ask for a minimum of one hour per week for one school year, with the opportunity to continue for multiple years.