Return to Headlines

Become a Volunteer Mentor

Are you interested in making a difference in the life of a Kiona-Benton middle school student during your lunch break? You are invited to serve as a volunteer mentor in United Way's 2021-2022 middle school lunchtime mentoring program!

Chronic absenteeism is a growing concern that affects whether a student will graduate
from high school. Research shows that early intervention, including mentoring, can help students stay in school. Becoming a lunchtime mentor can make a difference!

Mentors will meet with their assigned students once a week, on the school grounds, for 45 minutes during the mentee's lunch period from October 2021 through May 2022. United Way will provide all necessary training, and no prior experience is necessary. 

What you will do as a mentor:

  • Listen and be a reliable, positive adult role model.
  • Support student success by helping your mentee feel good about him/herself.
  • Demonstrate appreciation for learning and respect for the school.


  • Dependable, responsible, and patient.
  • Open-minded
  • Positive attitude
  • Good listener
  • Able to meet for 45 minutes once a week for the school year (September – June)
  • Able to attend quarterly mentor trainings at United Way or over Zoom


  • Making a difference in a child’s life.
  • Giving back to the community.

How to apply:

Interested future mentors must fill out an application, complete a short interview, and pass a school district background check. United Way staff will contact you with next steps.

For more information, please visit the United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties website HERE or contact Paul Klein atl 509-581-3939.

Apply Now!