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Mentor someone out of poverty

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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2011 8:00 am

Poverty is a condition that's very hard to escape even once an individual has taken necessary steps to do so, such as obtaining a better paying job or finding a way to get additional education or training. So Catholic Charities Community Services has created a volunteer program - Circle of Support - to help mentor and counsel people who are trying to improve their lives.

The Phoenix-based agency is seeking 500 volunteers to form "circles" around people in need of support. Each circle needs one volunteer with the ability to be a financial mentor, at least one volunteer who can provide educational and professional career guidance, and a volunteer with a background in counseling. To be a circle volunteer, you should have at least one of those skills - financial, career or counseling expertise.

Circle volunteers meet monthly with the individual to help the person write and then live his or her plan for a life free from poverty. It's important to remember that participants in this program are already working toward this goal; to succeed, they need the mentoring, guidance and support of others.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. This volunteer opportunity is also great for groups.

Contact Pat Bennier at (602) 650-4832 for more information or visit

• A Helping Hand is our weekly spotlight on a volunteer opportunity in the East Valley. Find other ways to help at


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