February 15, 2019
Post by Michelle Madsen
As we are quickly entering the third month of 2019, many have already Kondo’d their possessions, made fewer visits to the gym each week or have blown their budget goals. If you have already broken your resolution, or maybe did not even make one, LSS has something you can do that will make a difference!
We recently heard from a volunteer who said, “I was honestly nervous to start this…but now I wish I had done it years ago. It has truly been such a rewarding experience and I look so forward to our visits every week. Our time goes fast, but before I leave(my student) always asks me how many days it is until I come back. The only difficult thing has been me wanting to help more…I know there are many things she needs and I wish I could do more to help her and her siblings. I really enjoy being a mentor!”
NOW is the perfect time to apply! Better yet, LSS is going to run a fun incentive for people who apply (or current volunteers who refer someone to apply) between now and St. Patrick’s Day. While mentors will tell you they are lucky to be part of this program, you really may find some luck! LSS will be giving away gift cards to HyVee, games to a school of your choice and more! Be sure to watch our Facebook page for more details.
Don’t wait for your luck to run out! Apply today.
February 8, 2019
Valentine’s Day may be the day of love, but there are ample opportunities to find something you love everyday of the year. Today, we want to tell you about a new mentor who attended a Mentor Try-It Lunch in January. When she was least expecting it (volunteering over her lunch hour), she fell in love. Here is what she had to say about the experience…
One morning I received an email from my Human Resource Manager. It was another volunteering opportunity in the subject line. I opened the email and started to read about the LSS Mentoring Program. After I was finished reading through the information, I thought to myself that I really do not do much for people I do not know or for my community. This program would be outside my comfort zone in a way, but right then I made a promise to myself that I would try it out.
I just came back from the event today. I fell in love. I fell in love with the child I was paired with, the meaning behind all of this, and what the program stood for.
There are many families and children struggling around the world; and some of those are in our own backyard. I want to make a difference. It may be a small step forward, but I truly want to help. I want to be a friend to those who need one. I believe I can help change the life of a child in a small way, and they will end up changing mine as well.
So…we challenge you to take a leap of faith and just TRY mentoring. It might be out of your comfort zone. It might be yet another volunteer opportunity. And it might be something that you fall in love with too.
It just so happens that LSS is hosting a Try It lunch at the end of the month and we still need a few volunteers. Please join us on Wednesday, February 27, 11:30-12:30 at Lowell Elementary, 710 W 18th Street. If you are able to attend, please send us an email or call us at 605-444-7801 to RSVP by Monday, February 25.
And pssstt….you don’t have to attend a lunch event to become a mentor. We would be happy to meet with you to talk about what mentoring is and how you can help meet the needs of students in our community. Of if you know you want to join us, apply today!
February 7, 2019
I’ve already stated my disdain for doing my taxes. For whatever reason, I just dread doing them every year. That said, I pretty much have everything put together and ready to go. I just need to print out a few of the statements to have in the file. Yes, my taxes will get done. As much as I don’t like doing it, I will continue to do it every year.
It amazes me how many people I come across who question whether they should even bother with filing. There are a lot of reasons why they question and we’ll take a look at some of the most common situations.
To start us off, “Why should I bother filing my income taxes?” Read the rest of this entry »
February 1, 2019
LSS Mentoring Services seeks nominations for the 2019 Citibank Outstanding Mentor, the Sanford Outstanding Rookie Mentor and First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard Community Partner awards. The awards, to be presented at the Annual Mentor Appreciation Breakfast on April 12, provide a platform to honor the contributions of individuals and organizations that have shown outstanding commitment to the mentor program.
Outstanding mentors are individuals who have proven their dedication to their student and the program. Rookie mentor nominees are people who have made a big impact in their first two years of mentoring. Community partners nominations can include businesses, organizations, civic groups or churches that have encouraged and advocated mentoring. If a community partner has received the award in the previous three years, they are not eligible this year. Organizations not eligible are Avera, Hegg Realtors and Oak Hills Church.
Nominations are encouraged and may be submitted by the community at large. Self-nominations are accepted. Click here for the Nomination Form. All nominations are due by Friday, March 1. Materials may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, via fax to 444-7540 or mailed to LSS Mentoring Services, 705 E 41st Street, Suite 220, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.
January 31, 2019
So let me tell you about my last 24 hours. In case you haven’t heard, it’s been cold around here. Like, really, really, ridiculously cold. In fact, I heard it’s so cold, THAT place actually had a freeze warning. Being the GREAT guy that I am, I drove my wife to work the last two days so that she didn’t have to walk the block and a half from the parking lot to her building. We took the van with remote start and away we went. Last night, I decided I should probably start my car and get it running a bit so it was ready to go this morning.
Rrrrr……Rrrr…rr……… That’s it. Nothing. Dead battery. True story. Read the rest of this entry »