Volunteers needed to meet need in elementary schools
GREEN BAY, WI — Do you remember who taught you how to swing bat? Who always told you to never give up? Or that special person who always cheered you on?
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin is not your typical organization. BBBS helps children realize their potential through one-on-one mentoring, creating those lasting memories.
The organization, which served a record high of 602 children in Brown, Door and Shawano counties last year, is growing in Pulaski. This school year, there were 25 children matched with Bigs who meet weekly at school. Many more children are waiting to be matched.
Because of that, Big Brothers Big Sisters needs volunteers.
“Anyone who has the desire to help a child, and have a little fun along the way, can be a mentor,” says Diane Taylor, program specialist.
Taylor, who is based at Glenbrook Elementary School during the school year, says a big reason the program has grown in Pulaski is thanks to the district’s flexibility allowing high school students to be matched with Littles and meet at their elementary school for lunch or after school.
The program serves children ages 7 to 13 who typically are matched with an adult that can meet at school or in the community. Taylor says adults of any age, even retirees, make great mentors.
“Mentoring makes such an incredible impact on the life of a child, and the mentor gets a lot out of it too,” Taylor says. “A lot of Bigs say they enjoy sharing their life experiences with a younger person.”
Get started today! Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at 920-498-2227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin is the premier youth mentoring organization serving Brown, Door and Shawano counties, recognized nationally for quality in 2017. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Founded in 1972, we are a 100 percent donor and volunteer supported nonprofit organization.
Joy Wick, Marketing and Communications Director