Volunteers needed to meet need in elementary, middle school
GREEN BAY, WI — Do you remember 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 the School District of Denmark. This past school year, there were eight children matched with Bigs who met weekly at school. At least 12 more children are waiting to be matched, including five boys and six girls at the elementary schools and one girl at the middle school.
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 Dawn Daniels, program specialist.
Daniels, who recruits and supports matches in the Denmark area, says a big reason the program is growing in Demark 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. BBBSNEW also works with school districts including Southern Door, Denmark, Howard-Suamico and Pulaski, where sophomores can mentor a child in the elementary schools through their senior year.
Daniels 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,” Daniels says. “A lot of Bigs say they enjoy sharing their life experiences with a younger person.”
Get started today! Contact Dawn Daniels at 920-489-3539 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.
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