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ROMP holds annual Thanksgiving dinner

PHOTOS PROVIDED Members of the Reach Out Mentoring Program (ROMP) of Clinton County prepare Thanksgiving meals. The kids in the program, with help, were able to provide take-out meals on Nov. 6 for families, volunteers and mentors in the program. This tradition has taken place each year since 2010.

LOCK HAVEN — The Reach Out Mentoring Program (ROMP) of Clinton County served over 85 meals Saturday, Nov. 6 to the families, volunteers, and mentors in the program.

Since 2010, it has been an annual Thanksgiving tradition for the mentees and mentors to make dinner for their families to thank those who have played an important role in shaping their mentees lives and for their continued support of the program.

This year it looked a little different then their annual sit-down dinner, it was instead a drive-thru Thanksgiving dinner. A group of volunteers, mentors and mentees prepared the meal together and then delivered the meals to the families. Thanks to the Dunnstown Firehall and their facility this group was able to successfully cook, package and deliver all the meals.

ROMP currently has 17 volunteers/mentors and 44 youth/mentees.

ROMP partners with local businesses to provide opportunities for the mentees to learn and experience local resources. Some of the businesses include Full Body Health and Fitness Center, Clinton County Conservation District, PA Game Commission, Lock Haven YMCA, Penn State Cooperative Extension and Bald Eagle State Park. They also welcome local residents with specialty skills such as Josh Day, a local teacher who taught the youth Fly Tying over Zoom; Roxanne Gotshall who taught the group to make homemade bath products; and at times volunteers and mentors will run groups such as Jacob Snook who did a science night and hike for the program. The volunteers also help during activities and are a vital part to successful activities and programs.

ROMP is a non-profit program and depends on local businesses and their support whether financially, volunteering, providing discounts, or space to continue to provide programing and opportunities to the youth of Clinton County. Some of the businesses that continue to support the program include Dunnstown Firehall, Children and Youth Advisory Board, Dunkin Donuts, Arby’s, Burger King, First National Bank, Central PA Auto Auction, First Quality, Full Body Health and Fitness.

This program assists our county in helping to prevent youth social isolation, provide positive one-to-one mentoring relationships with an adult they can trust, talk to, learn from, build on skills, and allows them the ability to participate in community resources and activities.

ROMP provides the youth in the program monthly activities that can include swimming, hiking, going to local parks, educational programs, crafts, holiday parties, bowling, movie nights, cooking and lots of fun opportunities to grow and make friends. The youth they serve are aged 6 to 17 years of age and must be a resident of Clinton County.

If you have an interest or desire in helping to improve the lives of the youth in our community, please contact the Reach Out Mentoring Program about becoming a mentor or volunteer. The program is always seeking new volunteers and mentors to help mold the lives of the youth in Clinton County!

Mentors must be 18 years of age and older. Some of the benefits of being a mentor include the following: gaining a friendship in life, joining a community with like-minded individuals who serve their community by focus on helping someone else out, and having the benefit of making positive changes in a youth who will then go on to be a successful part of our community.

If you are interested in volunteering or becoming part of the program you can visit the website: https://www.clintoncountypa.com/departments/human-services/reach-out-mentoring-program-romp, contact the program directly at 570-893-2585 ext. 2, email to romp@clintoncountypa.com, or find them on Facebook: Reach Out Mentoring Program of Clinton County.

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