MENTOR Rhode Island cuts ribbon on its new headquarters

Mentor Rhode Island has officially cut the ribbon on its new headquarters in Warwick on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (WJAR)

Mentor Rhode Island has officially cut the ribbon on its new headquarters in Warwick on Wednesday.

The move was made possible by Coastway Community Bank, which agreed to a generous, virtually no-cost lease agreement.

"We pair volunteers with the community," President and CEO Jo-Ann Schofield said. "They work one-on-one with a young person, meeting an hour a week on school grounds, during school hours. It is literally transformational, not only for the youth but often for adults as well.

Mentor Rhode Island Communications Director Marc Mainville knows that first-hand.

"It's an amazing experience," he recalls of his days as a mentor.

Mainville said the program helped him prepare for another milestone in his life.

"Now I'm a father and it's helped me understand positive reinforcement with a child," he said.

Schofield said there are about 900 potential mentees on the waiting list across the state.

"With 900 kids waiting to be connected with a caring adult, we need people to step forward to volunteer and make that commitment to make a change," she said.

Schofield said anyone can get involved by completing an application, background check and training.

Training director Susan Thomas became a mentor after a teaching career.

"I thought maybe I would just mentor a child and see what it's about," Thomas said. "18 years later, I still love doing the job that I do."

The new facility is located at 2065 Warwick Ave., Unit 1.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can become a mentor in Rhode Island, click here.

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