January is National Mentoring Month
Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC marks National Mentoring Month in January with a call to action to mentor youth to help them become successful and productive citizens. The agency will hold “Mentoring Works” information sessions on January 15th and 29th from 12:00-12:30 at their office in the United Way building downtown at 50 South French Broad Avenue in Room 213. The Buncombe County office has over 80 youth on the waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister. We would like to thank those who are already making a difference, and encourage any other interested persons to volunteer today.
While the need is great the rewards are even greater.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina is a United Way agency. We have been serving young people in Western North Carolina since 1982, and in that time have created over 11,712 life changing matches. We currently cover nine counties, matching children (ages 6-14) from single-parent families with caring, adult mentors.
“Bigs” and “Littles” spend time together forming a friendship. In our traditional program, they participate in activities in our community like hiking on the parkway, playing ball, or baking cookies. In our site-based program, Bigs and Littles see each other at the child’s school or after-school program. They spend time playing games, completing homework, and having lunch together.
Here’s what our Littles have to say about their Bigs:
- “When I’m with him, I try to be like him.”
- “When I need her I can always count on her.”
- “He always finds a way to make you laugh when you are down.”
- “I have a feeling we will be very good friends forever.”