Mentor of the Month: Kim Casey
Kim Casey is the Executive Director of Keep Longview Beautiful. Keep Longview Beautiful is a 501(c)(3) organization run by Kim and 25 volunteer Directors.
As the only employee of Keep Longview Beautiful, Kim is involved in every part of the organization's work. Keep Longview Beautiful is a busy community organization, so Kim keeps up with the day-to-day operations, communicates with Directors, makes sure projects are moving forward, and coordinates new ventures with all of the partners needed to assure success.
Kim has been a mentor for two years.
Why did you choose to become a mentor?
I became a mentor because I love being the Executive Director of Keep Longview Beautiful, and I hope I can impart some of the jewels (good and bad!) we have learned over the years to folks that are new to this setting or perhaps just need a minute for someone to stop, listen, and swap stories with them!
How often do you meet with your mentee?
I speak with my mentees at least once a month and often times much more than that. If they have questions or concerns, we try to take hold and figure matters out quickly, so they don't become bigger issues! I have various levels of accomplishment with my mentees, but I see it important to help everyone, even if just in a small way. I always hope to help at least one person expand their reach in a positive way for their community.
What is your favorite part about being a mentor?
The month before last, my mentee hit a great milestone of getting 3 other people interested in being a part of their group. Three may sound small, but if you are all like-minded and focused on progression, three can be a powerful machine!
What is the hardest part about being a mentor?
The hardest part is trying to give my mentees the time they deserve. We run a busy organization and adding in another thing always takes time away from something else. However, I would not be a part of the mentor program if I hadn't seen first-hand how the assistance mentors give to new affiliates or groups gives them a needed shot of energy.
How helpful are the KTB resources given to you when mentoring?
The resources spark ideas for me. A document or idea may not fit in at that particular moment, but I feel confident I can reach into that resource bag and come out with a handful of ways to help others!
Mentor Program Information
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