REM Mississippi Participates in The MENTOR Network’s Third Annual National Volunteer Day
28 May 2015
Employees, individuals served, family members, and friends of REM Mississippi came together on Saturday, April 25 to participate in The Network’s third annual National Volunteer Day. Over 40 individuals volunteered their time to make a difference at the McComb Boys and Girls Club, Cardozo Middle School in Jackson, and Liberty Men’s House in Ellisville. Those in McComb cleaned both the inside and outside of the Boys and Girls Club and offered face painting to the Club members. Volunteers in Jackson rolled up their sleeves to paint and clean the middle school. The group at Liberty Men’s House cleaned dorm buildings and did yard work alongside 20 men who currently live there.
“Our employees work hard every day making a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve and I’m thrilled that they brought their families and friends together to make each volunteer project a success,” said Jessica Mathews, State Director of REM Mississippi. “As the State Director, I am incredibly proud to be a part of the team of REM Mississippi who not only give of themselves every day, but want to ensure that REM Mississippi is an organization that is part of the local community.”
As activities were going on in Mississippi, there were also over 2,000 others from across The MENTOR Network simultaneously completing 50 service projects in 16 other states. All four operating groups of The MENTOR Network were represented: Redwood, Hastings, CareMeridian & NeuroRestorative. Employees from the corporate headquarters and Shared Service Center in North Andover also participated. Some projects included painting and gardening projects, sorting food donations at food banks and Goodwill stores, helping at charitable fundraisers and thrift stores, serving meals at soup kitchens, participating in food drives, and cleaning up at various Boys & Girls Clubs.
“I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the great success of The Network’s third anual National Volunteer Day,” said Bruce Nardella, President and CEO of The MENTOR Network. “It’s inspiring to see so many of our employees excited about giving back to the communities in which we live and work, extending our mission of service to the community at-large by taking time to volunteer along with family members, friends, and individuals we serve. I’m proud to work alongside such dedicated individuals, and look forward to seeing how far this event will grow in the future!”