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VOLUNTEER:  Join us with the gift of your time or talent! empowerHER is a polished grassroots organization and relies on the support of tireless volunteers from our local community and beyond.  We are a volunteer-driven organization and rely on our volunteer base to help plan our signature events, like the Mother’s Day Retreat and Annual Beach Bash, help fundraise throughout the year and also perform administrative duties. . . all with the same passion and conviction.

Currently, we have several volunteer opportunities at empowerHER.  Just take a look:

  1. Administrative Volunteers send sponsor requests and tax acknowledgements, make updates to our website, and other organizational and administrative duties required of the small nonprofit.
  2. Development Volunteers help to solicit corporate gifts, individual donations, serve on the gala event planning committee and also perform grant writing duties.
  3. Mission-Related Volunteers have experience and interest in working on planning committees to plan and execute one of our events for the girls.  Each event, from the Beach Bash, Mother's Day Retreat, writing courses, and more is planned by volunteers.   
  4. Digital Media Volunteers are technically savvy and include volunteer photographers, videographers, and graphic designers who can help tell the empowerHER story!

We are currently in great need of administrative and digital media volunteers to help move empowerHER into this next phase of development. 

We work tirelessly to ensure all programs and services remain at no charge to the family and remain a volunteer-driven organization.  To join our efforts, please complete the following volunteer inquiry. Please allow time for our volunteer coordinator to respond.


MENTORSHIP: Apply to become an empowerHER mentor today! We match a young girl with a positive female role model in the community.  empowerHER mentors make a year-long (12 month) commitment with the mentee and spend five hours each month with the mentee.  empowerHER mentors are supported by the organization, which helps to facilitate these relationships and ensure they are positive and productive. Whatever it may be, empowerHER is here to help the mentor strengthen her relationship with the mentee. 

Frequently Asked Questions
MENTORS

  1. Can anyone become a mentor? In order to become a mentor, you must be a female that is at least 21 years of age. If you meet these requirements, and are interested in becoming a mentor, you will complete an application, as well as fill out supporting documents. You must also be able to pass both a CORI check and driving record check to be considered. 

  2. Is it a requirement that each mentor have experienced the loss of their mother? No. Our mentors are positive role models from the community and while some may have experienced the loss of their mother others have not.

  3. What is the time commitment for mentors in this program? Each mentor is asked to commit to approximately 5 hours per month for a 12 month period. This commitment may consist of one-to-one activities, group outings, and communication via phone. Each mentor will be required to attend one in-service mentor training per calendar year and reply to our monthly log.  

  4. If special circumstances arise, what steps would a mentor take if they can no longer keep up with the required commitment? We understand that there will be circumstances and events in one’s life that will arise, that may cause them to no longer be able to commit to the mentor program.  empowerHER works through the process, following guidelines outlined in our policy & procedural manual.   

  5. Is the mentor responsible for the cost of any or all activities with their mentee? All programs and activities at empowerHER remain at no charge to the mentee and her family. It is our goal all activities will be low cost or no cost to the mentor.  empowerHER partners with many generous partners such as area retailers, fitness studios, hair salons, sporting venues, and more that can offer no cost activities and outings. 
  6. What happens when a mentee shares information with a mentor that puts themselves or others in danger?  Mentors receive twice annual training to review these and other crucial mentor program guidelines.  We support the mentor every step of the way and these and other sensitive aspects of our program are reviewed with the family and the mentor at the time of the match. 
  7. What types of activities can mentors partake in with their mentee? Depending upon the interest of the mentee, some girls may enjoy going out to lunch, taking a walk or hike, getting coffee, taking a trip to the nail salon, spending time outdoors, etc. The mentor runs activities by the parent/guardian in advance and we encourage the mentor & mentee to brainstorm fun and exciting activities to take part in! empowerHER also hosts many events throughout the year that the mentors and mentees are welcome to attend.
  8. Does the mentor choose their own mentee?   Both the family and the prospective mentor are involved in the match process and we work together to make for the most successful match possible!  Upon receiving all supporting documentation from both the mentor and mentee, empowerHER matches based upon similarity in interests, geographic proximity, and the desires of the mentor and mentee.

Any questions or concerns can be addressed with the Mentor Program Coordinator Joan Quealy, RN atjoanie@empoweringher.org or Cara Belvin, empowerHER Founder at 617-620-9826 or cara@empoweringher.org


MENTEES:  For all fathers and guardians, please simply click "Enroll A Girl" on the left of the page. empowerHER will be in touch regarding our events and our mentor program and to complete an Intake with the family.

Frequently Asked Questions
PARENTS/GUARDIANS

  1. What is the time commitment for mentees in this program? Each mentee is asked to commit to approximately 5 hours per month for a 12 month period. This commitment may consist of one-to-one activities, group outings, and communication via phone. 
  2. Is the parent/guardian responsible for the cost of any or all activities with their mentee? The mentor program will be at no cost to the mentee or parent/guardian. empowerHER will cover the cost of all activities between the mentor and mentee within reason. 
  3. If special circumstances arise, what steps would a mentee take if they can no longer keep up with the required commitment? We understand that there will be circumstances and events in one’s life that will arise, that may cause them to no longer be able to commit to the mentor program.  empowerHER works through the process, following guidelines outlined in our policy & procedural manual.   
  4. Will there be supervision of the mentee at all times? All activities between the mentor and mentee will be approved by the parent or guardian in advance and we encourage the family and the mentor to brainstorm activities together.  The mentor will always be present during meeting times with the mentee. Certain events such as group outings or retreats will have other mentor and mentee pairs present. 
  5. Are all interested mentees accepted into the program? Mentees must be a girl between the ages of 5-18 who have experienced the loss of their mother. Mentees may be referred to the program by a family member, family friends, or school personnel. If the parent/guardian is interested in their youth becoming a part of the mentoring program, they will complete an Intake with a member of the empowerHER team.  
  6. Will any personal information be shared on the mentee? Along with the application for the mentor program will be a Media Consent Release Form, as well as a Contact and Information Release Form. Parents/guardians will determine whether permission will be granted to use the youth’s picture or name for any form of media whether on television, the website, in print, etc. All personal information is kept confidential. 
  7. Does empowerHER host any events in which the parents/guardians are able to participate in? We are hard at work planning additional events throughout the year for the families to include siblings and other family members and close friends. Please check with your mentor for more information about upcoming events. 
  8. Who is in charge of transporting the mentee to various activities? In order for the mentor to transport the mentee, they must pass a driving record check. Each mentor is responsible for signing a contract that states they will always obey traffic laws when in the presence of the mentee, and that they must keep a copy of the mentee’s health insurance coverage in the automobile at all times when traveling together.  

Any questions or concerns can be addressed with the Mentor Program Coordinator by email.
Joan Quealy, RN, empowerHER Mentor Program Coordinator, joanie@empoweringher.org or
Cara Belvin, empowerHER Founder at 617-620-9826 or cara@empoweringher.org


INTERNSHIPS: Each semester, empowerHER partners with Boston College interns looking forward to a career in the nonprofit sector. If you attend another college, please contact us for a phone interview for us to learn more about you, and we'll talk about how to create a valuable internship opportunity.