The Children‘s Mentoring Connection of Hancock County was founded as a Big Brothers Agency in 1974. The Big Sisters program was added in 1978 and, in May of 2004, the Board of Directors voted to discontinue the affiliation with BBBS of America and officially became a locally independent organization.
CMC provides a professionally monitored mentoring program for boys and girls, primarily from single parent families, children living with grandparents or other caregivers. It is our vision that every qualified child, needing services will be actively engaged in a mentoring relationship designed to enhance their personal growth as competent, caring, and confident individuals.
The agency staff recruits, screens and closely evaluates adult applicants while gathering a complete social history and personality profile on each youth applicant. Once a match between adult and child is made, follow-up supervision and guidance is provided to the mentor, client and parent/guardian. The volunteer works with the child in an asset-building relationship in the areas of growth and development, prevention, life-skills, problem solving and decision making. If there are additional needs the family identifies the Case Manager will offer support, networking and referral service to other Hancock County social service agencies.
CMC is governed by a Board of Directors, each of whom is elected to a three-year term.
In 2021, CMC Executive Director Stacy Shaw was named Non-Profit Leader of the Year by the Findlay-Hancock Chamber of Commerce.
The Children’s Mentoring Connection funds help provide mentoring programs and services in Hancock County. These funds enable us to assist in the development of competent, caring, and confident youth through effective and measurable mentoring programs. These youth grow up to support our local workforce, be community leaders, college graduates and future mentors.
Children’s Mentoring Connection (CMC) has been a United Way partner agency since 1976.
Bowling For Kids began in 1984 and has been our signature fundraising event. BFK is always held in early spring and has become a Findlay-Hancock County tradition.
The first Uncorked & Unplugged fundraising event was hosted in 2009. It is a unique evening of fine wine, food & music, held at Great Lakes Toyota in the fall.
Many individuals, churches and businesses support the organization through private contributions. All of the agencies dollars stay in Hancock County to serve our local youth.
Our experienced and dedicate staff has been serving the findlay Community for years. Meet them!
Executive DirectorE-mail Me
Stacy Shaw has been in the child welfare field for almost 30 years. She began her career at a local private foster care agency Diversion Treatment Foster Care where she served as the State Director for 27 years serving the Findlay, Cincinnati, and Cleveland areas. Stacy was the Coordinator of Hancock County Children and Family First Council and the Help Me Grow Early Intervention program in 2016. In January of 2017, Stacy joined the staff of Children’s Mentoring Connection of Hancock County as the Executive Director.
Stacy has served on many committees including Northwest Ohio Foster Care and Adoption Committee, Ohio Association of Children Services of Ohio, Hancock County Opioid Task Force, Human Trafficking Coalition, and Raise the Bar. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Stacy is excited to be a member of the Children’s Mentoring Connection Team. She has seen the difference a caring adult can make in the lives of children in foster care, adoption, and mentoring. The one thing she consistently has heard from those involved in the lives of children is how much the child has impacted the adult’s life as well.
Office MangerE-mail Me
Mary joined the CMC staff in April of 2021. Mary provides administrative support to the staff and helps wherever needed. Mary enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time with family in her free time.
Case ManagerE-mail Me
Kate joined the CMC staff in June of 2019. Kate graduated from the University of Findlay with her degree in Social Work. Kate works with our school programs at Bigelow Hill, Wilson Vance, Glenwood, Donnell, and Cory Rawson Schools.
Case ManagerE-mail Me
Nikki Hagerty joined Children’s Mentoring Connection in January 2002 as an Administrative Case Manager. Her job at CMC is to interview potential mentors which include not only discussion with the individual but conducting home visits and background checks as well. It is also her duty to interview parents who are interested in getting their children into the program. As a Case Manager, Nikki also supports the relationship between the mentors and mentees. She is a Bowling Green State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Services.
Development CoordinatorE-mail Me
Suzanne joined CMC in June of 2022. Her focus is fundraising and recruiting. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Human Resource Development and Leadership from the University of Findlay. Suzanne was raised in Findlay and is married to Matt and together they have two boys.