Start Something BIG. A couple hours each week or two makes a lifetime of difference.
Big Brothers Big Sisters welcomes people to drop by the Little Big House at 368 Vaughan (or call 992-7257) to learn about the different programs and how they could join the group.
Currently there are 19 children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. Our volunteers have fun, feel good about themselves and know that they are making a difference in a child’s life. A flexible time frame can be arranged in order to work around one’s schedule. The agency provides ongoing support to the matches and sponsors many local activities.
In addition to the traditional Big Brother or Big Sister program there are many other ways to get involved.
Couples for Kids – A husband/wife are matched with one child to include him/her in interesting and fun activities.
Community In-School Mentor – ‘Discover the Power of an Hour’ – a community volunteer is matched with a child in the elementary school. They get together for one hour a week during the school year at the school. Mentors can read together, go on the computer, play games, write journals, or do a craft.
Teen In-School Mentors – Grade 10, 11, and 12 students are matched with an elementary student. They also get together for one hour per week at the school during the school year. The Teen Mentors have really enjoyed it and also get valuable volunteer hours.
Big Bunch – A screened volunteer would take two or three children (from the wait list) for an outing once a month.
Monthly Group Activities – A volunteer could help out with the monthly group outings for all the children in our group
Other ways to volunteer are: becoming a board member, helping with the Renew Crew clothing drive, joining our FundScrip shopping card program, or becoming involved with our special events such as Bowl for Kids Sake, Golf For Kids Sake, Poker Ride and other annual fundraisers.
Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend. A. Camus
Maggie Bello is executive director of BBBSQ and regular Observer contributor.