…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. -Romans 12:2

Volunteering

Volunteering Program

This ministry is currently seeking women who have recovered from an eating disorder and would be interested in mentoring other women earlier in their journey to recovery and/or assisting with the administrative needs of the ministry.  To be considered for the leadership team an application and interview process is required.  Once accepted, training will be provided in preparation for volunteering as mentors in the next support group session.


Support Group Mentorship Program


This program works in conjunction with the support group.  Every support group participant is assigned a mentor.  The goals of this mentorship relationship are to:

1). Encourage the participant with an empathetic and supportive relationship.

2). Provide the participant with an outlet to speak about issues that may not be appropriate for the large group setting.

3). Provide the participant with a designated person to pray for them.

4). Identify potential problems (e.g. deterioration in health) and refer participants to leadership if they are in need of additional support. [Mentors are required to contact the leadership of Hungry Hearts immediately if there are any concerns about the participant’s health.]

Mentorship Relationship:

1). Mentors will attend the support group with mentees (and participate in the study), sit with them, participate in small group discussion and pray with them.

2). Mentors will connect with mentees in some manner at least once a week – e.g. phone, e-mail, letter, or in-person (encouraged).

*Mentors are encouraged to continue their relationship with their mentees once the support group ends to provide continued support and encouragement if this is desired by both individuals.

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One-to-One Mentorship Program


This program is for women who do not meet the criteria for the support group due to illness severity (or other reason) and who are receiving professional help.  The goals of this mentorship relationship are to:

1). Encourage the participant with an empathetic and supportive relationship.

2). Provide the participant with a designated person to pray for them.

3). Identify potential problems (e.g. deterioration in health) and refer participants to leadership if they are in need of additional support. [Mentors are asked to contact the leadership of Hungry Hearts immediately if there are any concerns about the participant’s health.]


Mentorship Relationship:

4). Go through the bible study the support group is doing (if mentee agrees).

5). Mentors will connect with mentees in some manner at least once a week (e.g. phone, e-mail, or letter) and meet in-person at least twice a month.

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Volunteer/Mentor Guidelines


Mentor Criteria:

1). Mentor must have 2 plus years solid recovery from eating disorder

2). Mentor must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a growing faith

3). Mentor must be actively involved in McLean Bible Church

4). Mentor must affirm the vision and core values of McLean Bible Church

As amentor, your role is to:

1). Offer prayer, encouragement and support.

2). Provide empathy drawn from your own experience.

3). Participate in the support group with your mentee (if applicable).

4). Contact your mentee at least once a week to offer support.

5). Be patient! Eating disorders don’t develop over night and neither does recovery.

6). Participate in continuing education for mentors and connect with your coach at least once a month.

As a mentor, your role is not to:

1). Cure your mentee.

2). Take the place of a professional therapist, nutritionist, physician, or other member of a treatment team.  You are their friend not their therapist!

Some General Guidelines:

1). Listen – don’t lecture!

2). Avoid talk about numbers – weight, calories, etc.

3). Do not give nutrition, exercise or health advice – refer to nutritionist and/or resources available. [One exception to this rule is if your mentee requests you ask about their food intake as a means of accountability – follow their lead and respect their boundaries.]

4). Abide by the guidance of the Director of Pastoral Care/counseling center when decisions need to be made about a mentor’s or mentee’s well-being.

5). If you are concerned about the health (physical or emotional) of your mentee, contact the leaders of the Hungry Heart ministry.  They will follow the referral process outlined in this handbook.

6). If there are concerns about the mentor’s health or ability to continue as a mentor, the leadership of Hungry Hearts, the mentor, and the Director of Pastoral Care/counseling center supervisor will work together to come up with a solution, which may include being asked to step down as a mentor and getting support themselves.

7). All Mentors must attend an initial 5-hour training for the Hungry Hearts leadership team.

*Mentors involved in the One-to-One Mentorship Program (not in conjunction with the support group) must go through additional training.

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Mentor Application/Interview Process


I. Initial contact

II. Send APPLICATION

III. Upon receipt of application, set up interview

IV. In-person interview (Approximately 1 hour)

V. Leadership Team meets to review applicant and make decision on

how they could best serve in the ministry:

a. Mentor

b. OtherVolunteer Position

c. Request applicant go through support group once prior to volunteering

VI. Contact applicant