January is National Mentoring Month and the perfect time to get involved! 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. More mentors are needed in the nine counties.
“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.
Interested in learning more about mentoring opportunities? Come to an Open House on Wednesday Sept. 7 between 12:00 and 2:00 at our Asheville office or drop in at Catawba Brewing on the South Slope in Asheville between 5:00 and 7:00 on Thursday Sept. 8. Or call 253-1470 if you can’t make the event.
This article in the Times-News tells the story of an amazing friendship between a Big and Little in Henderson County: http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20160113/NEWS/160119954/1151?Title=Reflections-of-a-longterm-Big-Brothers-Big-Sisters-match-
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.”
Our vision is to provide a mentor for every child who needs or wants one.
Project MARS/AmeriCorps is Supported by a grant from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in the Office of Governor Pat McCrory