Garrett Mentors, Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Maryland that provides pre-kindergarten through fifth grade children in the Garrett County Public Schools with caring, committed, adult mentors. These volunteer mentors serve as positive role models to children with various needs and backgrounds. Since a large percentage of our staff at Ironistic has strong ties to Garrett County, and we all recognize the tremendous value in providing a positive influence to children in need, it was a natural decision to support this particular nonprofit organization.
In 2014 we volunteered our time and skills to help Garrett Mentors improve their online presence with a brand new website, and we continue our support by hosting and maintaining that website. We also host an annual charity Texas Hold’Em tournament every summer, which brings in approximately $1,000 for Garrett Mentors, Inc. each year. Of course, this has nothing to do with Chris’ gambling problem, especially since he loses the tournament every year!
The impact of the new website has been tremendous. Laura Fike, Director of Garrett Mentors, Inc. calls it “a game changer.” Visually appealing and easy to use, the website has improved and expanded all aspects of the program, from fundraising and recruiting new volunteers to sharing information about Garrett Mentors and its events. The functionality of the site ultimately saves Laura and her team valuable time that can be focused on making improvements and carrying out the most important task at hand: mentoring the children.
Since we all have kids involved in sports, we are huge advocates of keeping our children active and healthy, so supporting youth sports programs is a no-brainer for us.