NORWALK, Conn. -- The Human Services Council hosted a breakfast for more than 160 people on Jan. 13 at the Norwalk Inn to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Norwalk Mentor Program.
Mentors need only dedicate one hour a week during the school year to make a difference in someone’s life. The message resonated that mentors provide a safe stable role model to a child who may have no one else.
"Each of you has played an important role in the success of this program. You make a difference in the lives of Norwalk’s children which means you invest in their future," said Anthony DiLauro, executive director of the Human Services Council. "Thank you."
Mayor Harry Rilling and Norwalk Police Chief Tom Kulhawik are both mentors in the program. They indicated mentoring changed their lives and strongly encouraged the audience to become mentors, too.
"The success of this program is because of the caring mentors, the willing students and their parents," said program director Nancy Pratt. "It is because of the supportive companies, foundations and financial supporters. It is because of the Norwalk Board of Education, our fantastic school liaisons, and the staff and volunteers of the Human Services Council."
"Today is a celebration," said Dr. Susan G. Weinberger, founder of the Norwalk Mentor Program. "It is an opportunity to say two little words, thank you, to the countless men and women of this community over the last 30 years that have opened their hearts devoted themselves to something that gives purpose and meaning and agreed to mentor a student one hour a week for at least a year.”
State Sen. Bob Duff presented an official citation from the General Assembly, saying, "You have provided support and guidance to our area young people; thank you for nurturing the development of one of our most important assets: our children."