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Bergen County Program Seeks Women Volunteers To Mentor Struggling Moms

Lynne Algrant , CEO of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County
Lynne Algrant , CEO of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County Photo Credit: Bergen Volunteer Center

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Adult women are needed as mentors for mothers living in Bergen County.

Mentoring Moms, a program of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, trains volunteer mentors to work with mothers who are overwhelmed by the responsibilities of children and life and who are also faced with immense personal challenges.

Registration is now open for Mentoring Moms spring training, which begins April 11 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Volunteer Center of Bergen County

Volunteers are provided with a free multi-session, 10-hour training program and ongoing support from program staff. During this time, the volunteers take workshops on developing listening skills, communication and problem solving.

When a struggling mother is supported by a mentor, the entire family benefits from that support. There is an especially great need for women who speak other languages to become mentors.

The volunteer mentors are caring women who understand how hard it is to raise children and want to make life easier for struggling moms, who are often referred through community or child service agencies. The mentors listen, share ideas and offer support as mothers deal with the daily challenges of raising children, while also trying to manage overwhelming personal challenges.

Of the mothers being mentored, 95 percent are living in poverty, even in Bergen County.

Call (201) 489-9454, ext.211 to learn how to become a Mentoring Moms volunteer.

Volunteer Center of Bergen County is located at 64 Passaic St., Hackensack.

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