2007-05-02 Holland Sentinel Mentors wanted for migrants

Mentors wanted for migrants
Holland Sentinel

Ottawa County –

The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance is seeking volunteers interested in being matched with children from area migrant camps in an effort to increase social opportunities and foster a sense of community for these children.

“Mentors give children an opportunity to experience activities and places that they might not otherwise experience,” says Teresa Van Oosterhout, coordinator of the Migrant Mentoring Program.

Ottawa County is the largest employer of migrant farm workers in the state, with 11,900 workers and their family members coming each year.

Each volunteer mentor meets with a child to provide social opportunities and academic support once a week for the duration of the migrant workers’ stay (usually late February to late November).

Last year, the program served 67 Ottawa County migrant children, of which 42 lived in the Holland area.

Anyone interested in volunteering, please visit www.ethnicdiversity.org