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Mentoring is a powerful gift.

Sharing your knowledge with others may be one of the greatest gifts you can give. By volunteering your time and talents, you could make a difference in the lives of many people. From helping adults learn to read to tutoring kids in math, the opportunities to give back are almost endless. Imagine opening an entire new world for someone. There is no greater feeling to know, when you give back, you are making the community better for generations to come.

The National Right to Read Foundation estimates that 42 million American adults can't read at all.

Another 50 million read below a fourth or fifth grader. The time has come to change that. By volunteering to help adults become literate, you change lives. From reducing crime to elevating people out of poverty, teaching an adult to become literate has far-reaching benefits.

If it's more of a numbers game for you, we've got just the answer.

The need is greater than ever to help our kids excel in an increasingly competitive global economy. Many see math as the key to our futures. But, according to the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), fourth graders in the United States currently rank eighth internationally in mathematics proficiency. We can do better. By tutoring kids in math, you'll help them gain the critical skills they'll need to become successful.

It could be as simple as sharing your love of art.

Volunteering to start up an art program at a senior center is a great way to build new relationships while creating something beautiful. Imagine helping people see the world with a fresh set of eyes. What could be more rewarding?

Education, literacy and mentoring are powerful ways to change a community for the better. But it can also have a powerful, positive effect on your well-being. If you find yourself asking, "How do I get started volunteering and mentoring?" consider some of these ideas:

  • Help adults learn how to read
  • Tutor kids in math
  • Start an art program for seniors
  • Teach English as a second language
  • Work with teens in the community
  • Become a classroom volunteer
  • Help out at your local library

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