While the need is great the rewards are even greater!  Start Something BIG for a child today!

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.

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 Roy Cooper