Mentoring For A Successful Future
Of the more than 1500 non-profits in Frederick County, I’m particularly pleased to run across this group of amazing women. Woman to Woman Mentoring, originally a program of Frederick Community College, became an independent 501(C)(3) organization in 2015. This group of women provides mentoring programs to women.
I had a lovely interview with the Director, Tonya Hatosy-stier, and learned all about this wonderful group of women:
A Little History
In 2006 the Frederick County Commission for Women did a needs assessment and found that women in our county were underserved in the area of programs for career advancement. They found that women were less likely to reach out and take advantage of programs that were in place and available to the public.
Women to Women Mentoring literally began with four women sitting at a kitchen table discussing the need. They began looking for partnerships and found a great beginning with Frederick Community College. In the fall of 2009, the first program was initiated and they’ve been growing ever since.
Service to Frederick County Women
Woman to Woman Mentoring is self-funded, with a Board of Directors. Through fundraising and grants, they are able to provide one-on-one mentoring to Frederick County women for free. With two part-time employees, the non-profit is able to run several programs to meet women’s career needs on several levels:
- Mentoring Programs – two 10-month programs run during the year, one from September to June, and the other from April to September. These programs carefully match mentor to mentee, meeting 3 or 4 hours a month. The focus of the mentoring is personal, professional and educational growth. Mentors help women, ages 18 to 34, on a variety of topics, like dressing for success, making career and educational decisions, and creating a winning resume, and much more.
- Another program is the Community Piece, a monthly workshop open to the public, as well as to mentors and mentees. The topics of the monthly group are broad and cover many issues that interest women: money management, goal-setting, healthy relationships, community connections, working the room, and more.
- The Fundraising Piece of the Woman to Woman Mentoring Programs are the Pop-Up Shops and the yearly Clutch the Future Purse Auction. These two fundraisers are both a way to raise funds for the organization, and a way for mentees to give back to the community and practice what they are learning in the mentoring process. Mentees put into action many skills for these events, like marketing and promotion, and practice philanthropy, an increasingly necessary part of doing business in today’s world.
You can keep up with the latest dates and locations of the Pop-Up Shop on the Woman to Woman Mentoring Facebook Page. IN FACT…they’re having a clothing drive very soon, on Sunday, March 13, from 11 am to 3 pm, at the Frederick Shell Carwash. Drop off your gently used clothing and accessories for a great cause! One hundred percent of the revenue earned from this social enterprise supports the programs of Woman to Woman Mentoring, Inc. (And there are always so many cute and fashionable things…you should see the adorable sweater I just got!)
Clutch The Future!
The annual fundraising event that women love, The 7th Clutch the Future Purse Auction, is right around the corner: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Coblentz Hall, Hood College, VIP Reception 6-7 PM • Auction Event 7-10PM
Over 200 purses are up for silent auction! There will be a live auction and fashion show, food, drinks, and friends.
Last year, this event raised $60,000, all of which was contributed to the FCC Foundation and the Woman to Woman Mentoring Program. Dana from Double D Auction will again be the auctioneer, they always provide a great time.
Get tickets on the website: Clutch the Future, until March 17. (you can preview purses on the website:)
Keep up with the latest news on the Clutch the Future Facebook Page.
More to Come for Women
W2WM will be piloting a new program this summer, Mentoring Circles. This will be a paid-for program (with scholarships available) for women in transition. This is exciting news because there are a lot of transitions in a woman’s life…from being a homemaker to re-entering the workforce, from part-time to full-time, and vice-versa, returning to school for further education, and the transition from employee to business owner, retirement or semi-retirement…the list is long.
What Does it Take to Be A Mentor?
That’s exactly what I asked Tonya. “There is no in-depth training to becoming a mentor. We want people to be themselves, to be authentic, a good listener, and to ask questions. All a mentor needs is a story,” says Tonya. Mentors have opportunities to get together with each other, as well as with their mentees.
One of the surprise bonuses many women find when they become involved, according to Tonya, is the wonderful network of support. Mentors, mentees, and those involved in the community meetings have found each other to be a valuable resource for just about anything needed to become and remain successful and self-sufficient in life and in the workplace.
If this group interests you, either as a purse-lover, a supporter, a mentee or a mentor, or as a transitioning woman, contact Tonya Hatosy-Stier, Executive Director, 301-846-2556, Tonya.firstname.lastname@example.org Find out more on the Website: Women to Woman Mentoring