Mentoring...we need YOU! by Lesley Doan

Mentorship, according to Wikipedia, is “a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.” 

At Tiqvah we know that in order for our students to truly succeed they need a mentor, a person who can intentionally pour into them. We also know that one caring adult can help change a child’s future. We are in the business of building relationships to ultimately help change the future of a child’s life for the good!

The CDC did a report on Stark County and in our county alone 5% of our teens attempted suicide last school year. We have had 16 teen suicides within the past year. Our teens are hurting and God has put it on our hearts to take action! Will you join us?

Tiqvah provides a place for kids to feel safe; to receive physical, academic, emotional and spiritual support; to learn more about God and further their relationship with Him; to belong; to feel loved; to know that they are enough and God has a plan for them! 

We are a small organization with a HUGE heart and our God Dream is to change our county and the lives of teens!! 

In order for us to maintain and grow we need your support. Financially we need to be sustainable so that growth will come more easy. One way for us to be sustainable is through monthly supporters. As a monthly supporter the individual, church, organization or business makes a commitment to support Tiqvah. We have sponsorship options of $50 or $100 a month. You could also make a pledge for any amount and have it automatically withdrawn from your account. 

Sponsorship Story

When I became the Executive Director in early 2017 I met Claudia and her husband Kelly. At the time Claudia was volunteering to help with our Evening of Hope Event and leading a few art classes at Tiqvah. In the summer of 2017 , Kelly decided to sponsor a Tiqvah student. During the 2018 school year Claudia continued to help at our fundraising events and Kelly joined her. At Tiqvah we encourage our student sponsors to volunteer so that they can spend time with their student during program and the relationship grows organically without anyone feeling awkward. I had shared this concept with Kelly and so this school year he decided to he was going to attend our volunteer training and get involved. Kelly now volunteers weekly, helping with homework and driving one of our Tiqvah vans. Since Kelly is a familiar face he has also been able to build an organic relationship with his sponsorship student. Claudia continues to join Kelly when her schedule allows and is a huge part of our fundraising committee. Just two weeks ago Kelly and Claudia attended the baptism service and watched as their sponsor student was baptized. It was an amazing experience for everyone and just one example of ways to be involved with Tiqvah. Kelly and Claudia have built an organic mentoring relationship with their sponsor child. 

There are so many ways to get involved with Tiqvah and support us as we continue to grow and impact the lives of students in Canton! We ask everyone to pray for us and below is a small list…please know if God has put an idea on your heart or mind PLEASE don’t hesitate to reach out and share with us!!

Involvement List:

-Co Sponsor a student ($50 a month)

-Fully Sponsor a student ($100 a month)

-Pledge a monthly amount of your choice 

-Volunteer during Tiqvah

-Help in the classroom

-Help in the kitchen

-Driving a Tiqvah van

-Helping with summer programing (Tuesday and Thursdays 10:30a - 2p)

-Lead an enrichment (yoga, dance, science, music, art, etc.)

-Be a reading buddy

-Administrative work (helping with large mailings)

-Clean the vans

-Donating clothes for Clothing Boutique (twice a year - October and March)

-Help at the Clothing Boutique

-Help at Christmas Elf Shop (in December)

-Donate items for Christmas Elf Shop 

-Help fill Christmas Break Boxes (our gift for families before Christmas break)

-Donate activities and food for Christmas Boxes

-Donate snacks (we serve 2 snack everyday during programing)

-Donate fresh fruit for second snack

-Donate bottled water

-Donate tooth brushes, tooth paste, deodorant, other hygiene items

-Donate paper towels, toilet paper and cups

-Donate gift cards to local restaurants and grocery stores for us to give to parents for emergency situations

-Donate gift cards to amazon for classroom supplies 

-Sign up for Amazon Smile and have a % of your purchase go to Tiqvah

-Sponsor a Tiqvah event (Brunch in December, Evening of Hope in April and 5K in July)

-Host a table at our Evening of Hope Benefit

-Sponsor a table at our Evening of Hope Benefit

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about ways to help our organization continue to grow! The children and teens of Stark County need your help…the students at Tiqvah will not become another statistic! They will know that they are loved and they will know that God loves them through the intentional relationships that will continue to grow. God has a plan for each and every one of them…we are in the business of helping students realize that plan! Please join us!!

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