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Welcome inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll inductee Liberty Mutual

LM-2colorMass Mentoring is launching the inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll to recognize Massachusetts businesses of all sizes that are strengthening communities through engagement of employee, financial, and in-kind resources. In late 2013, we invited businesses and mentoring programs to nominate a company for the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll. The honorees were recognized at the Jan. 14 Corporate Mentoring Summit at State Street in honor of National Mentoring Month, and in conjunction with the Summit we will be rolling out an inductee in the days around the event. Today’s post recognizing Liberty Mutual comes from their nomination submitted by Mass Mentoring.

Liberty Mutual is a long-time supporter of Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) and numerous agencies in the mentoring field.

In 2004, the company launched the Liberty Mutual Mentoring Initiative, an unprecedented, $1.5 million investment in expanding youth mentoring in 10 target cities throughout Massachusetts. They also invested in first-time research on local mentoring and technical assistance from MMP.  This investment created more than 1,700 additional matches.

Liberty Mutual rep José Rosado with Big Sister Association of Greater Boston mentor Amanda Martinez. Photo courtesy Henry + Mac

Liberty Mutual rep José Rosado with Big Sister Association of Greater Boston mentor Amanda Martinez. Photo courtesy Henry + Mac

Since that time, Liberty Mutual continues to be a key philanthropic supporter of mentoring programs across the city. Some of the other ways Liberty has worked with MMP include:

  • Underwriting the KELLY Awards, which are educational grants given to mentees nominated by their mentors for overcoming and persevering through adversity.
  • Support for the Mentors of Color campaign, a field-wide effort to increase awareness about the need for mentors of color, influence adults of color from diverse backgrounds to volunteer as mentors and increase the cultural competency of mentoring programs.
  • Support for mentoring through sponsorship of the Rodman Ride for Kids, Champions of Mentoring breakfast and grants to support the expansion of mentoring in under-performing schools in Greater Boston and for expansion of mentoring in Western Massachusetts
  • Former Liberty CEO Ted Kelly has been a past board chair of MMP and Melissa MacDonnell also served on Mass Mentoring’s board for close to 10 years. Their leadership has been critical to helping MMP reach our mission.

109Liberty Mutual also provides financial, in-kind and employee volunteerism to many mentoring programs across the state including  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, and Child & Family Services to name a few.

Each year, Liberty Mutual also holds an annual mentor recruitment lunch for employees to learn about mentoring programs in Greater Boston and Liberty has donated its billboard space in support of National Mentoring Month and agencies such as Partners for Youth with Disabilities.

Congratulations to Liberty Mutual being named to the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll.

Welcome inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll inductee the TJX Companies

logo_tjx_companiesMass Mentoring is launching the inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll to recognize Massachusetts businesses of all sizes that are strengthening communities through engagement of employee, financial, and in-kind resources. In late 2013, we invited businesses and mentoring programs to nominate a company for the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll. The honorees are being recognized at the Jan. 14 Corporate Mentoring Summit at State Street during National Mentoring Month, and in conjunction with the Summit we will be rolling out an inductee in the days around the event. Today’s post recognizing the TJX Companies comes from their nomination submitted by Jeffrey Chin, CEO at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest. TJX 2013 003

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest (BBBSCM) and TJX have formed a marvelous partnership over the last several years. During this time, nearly 200 TJX executives  have served as mentors to students at Cameron Middle School in Framingham. TJX provides a bus to transport these mentees each Wednesday afternoon from Cameron Middle School to the TJX Headquarters in order for them to spend time with their TJX mentors on campus. Not only do these matches have access to great recreational facilities there, but they are also exposed to a professional business environment that motivates and expands their horizons regarding career and educational aspirations. TJX 2013 011

The TJX Companies, through their corporate giving and the TJX Foundation, has supported our agency recently with a major gift. Additionally, TJX has provided a team of riders who raise money on our behalf for our annual Rodman Ride for Kids team, and TJX has sponsored various special events — most recently our 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration last spring, serving as lead sponsor.

TJX rep Kelley Lederer with Jeffrey Chin. Kelley is also a Big Sister. Photo courtesy Henry + Mac

TJX rep Kelley Lederer with Jeffrey Chin. Kelley is also a Big Sister. Photo courtesy Henry + Mac

Aside from these financial donations, TJX has provided a multitude of in-kind donations. They also provide support to other mentoring programs, including the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation and Read to a Child. In addition, TJX executive Bob Maclea has served on our Board of Directors for the last several years, and we have had two other executives serve on our Gala and special events committees.

TJX has mentioned mentoring opportunities in their various internal and external newsletters and publications, and has been available for various public relations/publicity opportunities for us. Most recently, they attended a special event we hosted at Cameron Middle School to promote The New England Patriots’ Celebrate Volunteerism – Mentoring Week campaign. Members of the NE Patriots organization (including players) came to the event to interact and speak with our TJX matches at Cameron Middle School. TJX has been a superb partner for our agency, and have been tremendously generous!

Congratulations to the TJX Companies being named to the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll.

Welcome inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll inductee Bank of America

B of A primaryMass Mentoring is launching the inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll to recognize Massachusetts businesses of all sizes that are strengthening communities through engagement of employee, financial, and in-kind resources. In late 2013, we invited businesses and mentoring programs to nominate a company for the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll. The honorees are being recognized at the Jan. 14 Corporate Mentoring Summit at State Street during National Mentoring Month, and in conjunction with the Summit we will be rolling out an inductee in the days around the event. Today’s post recognizes Bank of America, which was nominated by Mass Mentoring.

Bank of America and Mass Mentoring partner to develop and strengthen mentoring programs to effectively serve children in need of a quality mentoring relationship. Together, we are driving more youth to be academically, socially and emotionally ready to pursue higher education or enter the workforce.

President of Bank of America Massachusetts Robert Gallery at the 2012 Partner Member Summit

President of Bank of America Massachusetts Robert Gallery at the 2012 Partner Member Summit

Bank of America and Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) share the mutual goal of building an educated and prepared workforce, and have identified that a key gap to that goal is the gap of caring, adult mentors who can provide youth with the guidance, support, and knowledge needed to excel. Bank of America recognizes that through mentoring, young people can develop the real-world interpersonal and problem solving skills they need as they set out on an educational or professional career path that will enable them to better themselves, their families and their communities.

We have partnered to match and align the needs of the field of mentoring with MMP’s strengths and capabilities and the financial, in-kind, volunteer and board resources Bank of America provides. With Bank of America’s support, MMP serves mentoring organizations across the state and focuses our work in areas where mentoring is needed most geographically, with underserved populations and in targeted programmatic areas.

Guests at the 2012 Boston Spring Networking meeting, sponsored by Bank of America

Guests at the 2012 Boston Spring Networking meeting, sponsored by Bank of America

The partnership with Bank of America improves workforce development by improving the quality of mentoring programs to better serve youth in need, to increase mentor recruitment, especially mentors of color, and to promote the success of mentoring as a positive youth development, education and career readiness strategy. Bank of America and Mass Mentoring also partner to raise the profile of these efforts to strengthen the position of mentoring as a critical strategy to impact our communities in need through media opportunities with senior executives such as Robert Gallery and community and networking events throughout the state with local Bank of America representatives.

A match that attended the Jonas Brothers concert in summer 2013, courtesy of Bank of America

A match that attended the Jonas Brothers concert in summer 2013, courtesy of Bank of America

Bank of America is committed to helping to fuel the mentoring movement across Massachusetts. Specifically, they have provided guidance and resources such as:

  • Helping us hold an inaugural Partner Member Summit to build a common agenda with our Partner programs to help advance and continue to grow the field
  • Sponsorship of our program networking lunches, enabling program staff to attend for free
  • Match activity opportunities to concerts, sporting events, museums, and more for mentoring programs to give their matches

Additionally, Bank of America executives are board members at mentoring programs like Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest, and many of their employees serve as mentors.

Bank of America’s support of MMP and the mentoring field is so strong that we were honored by the Boston Business Journal in 2013 as a Corporate Citizenship Summit Partner of the Year. By partnering together, Bank of America and Mass Mentoring are able to strengthen communities and workforce development through quality mentoring, driving more youth to be academically, socially and emotionally ready to pursue higher education or enter the workforce.

Congratulations to Bank of America being named to the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll. To learn about all the companies being recognized, join us at the Corporate Mentoring Summit on Jan. 14. Click here to RSVP.

Meet George and Robert from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest

The following blog entry is excerpted from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest’s match application to participate in the pre-game activities for Mentoring Night at Fenway Park.

14-year-old George from Big Brothers Big Sister of Central Mass/ Metrowest (BBBSCM) had the honor of throwing out a ceremonial first pitch for the Red Sox-Indians game during Mentoring Night at Fenway Park on May 24. The game helped kickoff our annual Red Sox Mentoring Challenge, an initiative designed to recruit more caring adults as mentors.

First pitch - Robert and GeorgeGeorge has been matched with Robert since late 2009. They spent the better part of two years in a site-based program before they decided that they wanted to take their relationship and match to the community-based program where they could have more opportunities to get together.

Now, being part of the community-based program, they do so many great things together! One thing they both have in common is working out and staying fit. George has been accompanying Robert to the gym, as well as completing a few different 5K-road races together. Robert just finished his first triathlon and George was so pumped for him and loved seeing all the photos and hearing his stories from the race. In fact, George is training for a mini-triathlon as well, because of Roberts’s successes.

There is no doubt that Robert has changed George’s life forever and vice versa. It’s clear that George looks up to Robert, and they always find things to do together! Robert on the other hand, feels so blessed to have met George. Having two young kids himself, he never misses time to spend with George, and George has always been integrated as part of his family as well. Sometimes, George and his mother go skiing with Robert’s family!

The support from Robert to George and our agency has gone much further than just the match. Robert has served on the BBBSCM board for a number of years. He also heads up a team for Bose and has helped raise a large amount of money through the Rodman Ride for Kids.

Robert and George are the definition of a great match – so much dedication and love for each other, and support to their agency.

Interested in becoming a mentor or know someone who’d be a great fit? Sign up through the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge