Start Something Big in a child’s life today! Men and women are needed to be Big Brothers and Big Sisters to youth in all nine counties that we serve! Enjoy a rewarding and fun way to support your local community! Visit our “Volunteer” page to download a volunteer enrollment form or visit our “Branch Offices” page to see contact info for our nine counties.
Presented by Blue Ridge Foot Centers
This 5K on the campus of Warren Wilson College benefits the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in Buncombe County! The event is open to runners and walkers; no dogs or strollers allowed due to the terrain. Registration is $25 through June 12 and $30 thereafter. http://www.active.
Join us for Bowl For Kids’ Sake on February 23 in Buncombe, Burke, and Henderson Counties and on March 9 to benefit Haywood County! Visit our Events page for all the details about how to get involved and how to use our easy, online fundraising! Bring your completed Sponsor Form to the check-in table at the event.
Thanks to our generous sponsors, every penny that bowlers raise goes directly to mentoring programs for youth in that county! Thank you for helping to make our largest annual fundraiser a huge success! Don’t forget to call your local office to sign up for a time to bowl! See you at the lanes!
Have you thought recently about who was a mentor for you when you were growing up? Maybe a Big Brother/ Sister, teacher, grandparent, coach, pastor, or other significant person who helped shape the adult that you became? This month on our Facebook page, we will be highlighting reflections from local citizens on the mentors who meant a great deal to them when they were young. Check out these interesting stories! www.facebook.com/bbbswnc
To celebrate National Mentoring Month, UNC Asheville is giving free tickets to matches in Buncombe County to a men’s basketball game on January 12! Thanks, UNCA! The Buncombe office is hosting a Lunch ‘n Learn on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 12:00-1:00 for mentors. Lyn Bush, school counselor at Koontz Intermediate School, will be leading a discussion about how to encourage a Little Brother/ Sister who is under-performing academically. Parents are welcome, too!
Want a great New Year’s Resolution that helps you and your community? Resolve to volunteer more often because research shows it is good for your health! A January 3, 2013 online article in US News & World Report shares: “Volunteering can give you a new sense of purpose and keep you active. If people volunteer regularly it helps contribute to the maintenance of a strong social network,” says Robert Grimm, director of the research and policy development office at the Corporation for National & Community Service, a government organization that promotes community service and published the report.
We have rewarding volunteer opportunities waiting for you! Local BBBS programs in 9 WNC counties need mentors for amazing youth on the waiting list who just want a buddy to spend time with! See our Branch Office page for contact information for your local office. Just a little of your time makes a BIG difference in a child’s life!
National Mentoring Month gives us pause to celebrate all the friendships made and special memories enjoyed by Bigs and Littles. We especially wish to recognize the really long-term matches in our organization:
* 7 years or longer: Buncombe County matches
Nikki Mitchell and Samara
Brian Ferrand and Marquis
Stacey Gellert and Shybrea
Jimmy Vestal and Terrell
Kim LaViolette and Jasmine
Cindy Heil and Destiny
Dale Moburg and Alex
Pat and Roy Borden and Kiraji
Kevin Mills and James
Ted Campbell and James
* 7 years or longer: Burke County
Nathan Brown and Dorian
* 7 years or longer: Henderson County
Kerry Myers and Chandler
Ross Wingo and Matthew
Peter MacKinnon and Nathan
Janet Keierleber and Meranda
Dana Troyer and Lupita
* 7 years or longer: Polk County
Lynne Parsons and Russell
Patty Slater and Mary
Arlene Lulavage and Hannah
* 6 years or longer: Haywood County
Amanda Massey and Isabel
John Scroggs and Brandon
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC is helping youth stay in school, achieve academic success, avoid risky behaviors, reach toward higher aspirations, and build social and life skills.
James is a high school senior in Buncombe County and will celebrate his 11th match anniversary with his Big Brother Kevin this month. Many youth, like James, experience firsthand the impact of having a Big Brother or Big Sister…
“Looking back over the years, having a Big Brother has helped me get where I am today because, what my Mom and others TOLD ME TO DO (like: if you want something bad enough never give up, go at your own pace and always push forward, etc;), Kevin actually hand-guided me and SHOWED ME HOW TO DO IT which made all the difference. He’s the father figure all kids should have AND the older brother you can share stuff with that you don’t want to tell mom. I’m never givin’ him up and I hope to be a big brother to a kid one day myself. I’ve got Kevin to teach me how.”
Having the support of a mentor helps parents and guardians as well. “The Big Couple has been part of our family since the match began over 9 years ago,” says Jean, great-grandmother to a Little Brother in Buncombe County. “They have been an important support for us, and they have stood by him and haven’t given up on him even during his most difficult times, such as when he was placed in a group home.”
Some Bigs make a supreme effort to find time to visit with their little. Lorraine Meltz and Drew, in Cherokee County, have been having a great time together for two years in spite of Lorraine’s very heavy workload. They were matched only a couple of weeks after Lorraine was elected to be one of the three county commissioners for Cherokee County. But that hasn’t kept them from working together on Drew’s school work and having fun every week. Drew has improved significantly in his ability to focus on an activity and in talking with adults. Lorraine says she never misses a week unless she has to attend a meeting for her commission work, and she appreciates that Drew thinks she works too hard!
When Little Sister Skyler enrolled with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Polk County her hope was to match with a Big Sister who liked to ride horses. Lisa and Skyler have spent hours with Big Sister’s horses, taking care of them properly and riding, including riding in local Hunter Pace trail rides and even placing in the competitions! The equestrian experience has contributed not only to their mutual enjoyment and friendship, but to Skyler’s personal growth as well. Skyler’s mom is very grateful to Lisa and says it’s been the perfect match for Skyler. Skyler just graduated from high school and will start to college, so the match will soon draw to a close. But both Lisa and Skyler say that they are now friends for life and will continue riding together as often as possible.
Volunteers are needed! Call your local BBBS office to Start Something BIG for a child today! By sharing one hour a week or several hours two times a month, you can positively impact a child’s life. In Buncombe County, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Children First/ CIS are joining efforts for a Volunteer Fair on Thursday, August 23 at Asheville Pizza on Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville. Drop in anytime between 5:00 and 7:30 to learn about volunteer opportunities with the organizations!
Little Sister Kaitlyn and Big Sister Tracy have been matched for almost 4 years, and this spring Kaitlyn graduated from East Henderson High School! From that first time they met, they knew they would have a special bond. They have enjoyed time building gingerbread houses, carving pumpkins, and going out to eat together. This fall, Kaitlyn will attend UNC-Greensboro with 3 different academic scholarships that will cover her tuition. Congratulations to Kaitlyn and Tracy!
From Haywood County… Big Brother Frank and his Little Brother Tyler attended the Haywood Waterways Association Summer Picnic in June and helped with a stream clean-up on Richland Creek . Tyler enjoys the ”Kids in the Creek” program and has developed an interest in doing his part to protect the environment. He was especially taken with one of the activities in the program that gets students into the Pigeon River to identify different species of fish they round up with seining nets. He thinks he might like to become a commercial diver when he grows up. In the meantime, his Big Brother thinks it’s important for Tyler to continue to give nature a hand as he has fun learning new things to do in the great outdoors.