I've been told by educators that one of the most rewarding aspects of their teaching is to have a former student come to them years later and tell them that they've made a difference.
Recently that happened at The Salvation Army.
One of the programs at The Salvation Army is called Project Break Through. The mission of the program is to help families reach self-sufficiency and family stability. A vital component to the program is the volunteer mentors who assist and encourage the families to break out of poverty. Some of the best mentors are those who have been through the program. This is how I met Bill.
Last spring, during the Project Break Through graduation, Bill approached me and told me that the program had truly made a difference in his life.
He expressed an interest in giving back to the program. I immediately thought of the mentoring piece.
Since that night, Bill has gone through the mentor training, began meeting with a Project Break Through family, and now seeks to volunteer in other areas at The Salvation Army where he is needed most. He has certainly learned the joy of giving back!
Please help by giving generously to the Sun-Gazette and The Salvation Army Santa Fund.
You can help make this a brighter holiday season for local families by making a contribution in person to any branch of M&T Bank or by mail to M&T Bank at 405 River Ave.; at The Salvation Army, 457 Market St.; or the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701.
The Santa Fund is a fundraiser organized by the Sun-Gazette and The Salvation Army to help local families in need.