Governor to Let State Employees take time off to Mentor Kids

1 decade 1 year 8 months ago Wednesday, April 11 2007 Apr 11, 2007 Wednesday, April 11, 2007 1:28:01 PM CDT April 11, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A couple hundred more children in Missouri could have an adult mentor under a new program Governor Blunt announced Wednesday. The governor said Missouri is starting a pilot project to allow up to 200 state employees to take an hour a week of paid time off to volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters or a similar program. Blunt says the effort will address a problem organizations face in recruiting volunteers -- people lacking free time to help out. Employees could spend up to 40 hours a year -- essentially, once a week during the school year -- mentoring a child. Blunt says just a few other states are making a similar effort. Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder's office will oversee the initiative.

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