The Friends ABC Program is a school-basedmentoring program serving high need schools in Walla Walla and College Place.  Adult volunteers in the ABC Program visit once a week with their young friend, with all visits occurring on school grounds during lunch time. Volunteers are rigorously screened and trained, and are matched with kids who have similar interests and hobbies. Whether the time is spent playing tag or coloring together, the half hour visits every week provide a consistent time and space the child can count on. This one-on-one time is a precious gift for children who are often lacking positive adult role. Both parents and teachers find that children who participate in the ABC Program are more likely that be successful academically and socially. Join the ABC program for a fun and rewarding volunteer experience!

The Friends Community Based Program has been serving children in the Walla Walla Valley since 1999. Adult volunteers are matched with children in need of a caring, adult presence in their lives for a one hour a week, one year commitment. Through rigorous screening, intensive training and ongoing support, the relationships are carefully formed and sustained. Adult volunteer and child meet weekly for activities in the community, and periodic special events are provided by the program in order to encourage group participation and to build the Friends community. Parents of children in the Community-Based Program found that their children had increased self-confidence and improved academic performance after spending a year with their adult friend. Make a lifelong difference in a child’s life by joining the Friends Community-Based Program!