Tina Erickson Spotlight On Mentoring

This month we take a journey into the world of mentoring! Tina Erickson, one of our awesome team members at Midwest ENT, volunteers for Lutheran Social Services as a mentor. She shares her experience with us below. We would like to thank Tina for her generosity and caring spirit. This is really great!

Q: What is the name of the organization you volunteer for and can you tell us a little bit about them?

A: Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota serve people of all ages, faiths, races and economic status with professional, confidential and affordable services ranging from mentoring, after school programs, senior living and adoption.

Q: How did you hear about this and how did you decide to become a volunteer for them?

A: I have a friend who works at LSS and she told me how many kids need mentoring through the school system.  My administrator, Lisa Bendt was also mentoring at this time. When I decided to volunteer there were over 500 students that needed mentors in the Sioux Falls and surrounding area. This is a great program that takes 1 hour of your time a week to make a child feel very special.

Q: What is the name of the student you mentor and what kinds of things do you do together?

A: I mentor a 3rd grader named Kaitlynn. This is my 3rd year of mentoring her. We enjoy doing arts and crafts, but what Kaitlynn loves most is playing card games like Old Maid and Slap Jack!

Q: 4.  What is the most rewarding part of mentoring?

A: I get so much out of my time with Kaitlynn. She makes me laugh and keeps me on my toes! She is quick witted and loves catching up on things we've done throughout the week.  I value our time together and I am glad she gets the one on one time that makes her feel special too. The best part of my week is walking through the school doors and seeing her smile when she sees me!