Volunteer Stories from Big Brothers Big Sisters

There are a lot of Grandparents raising children. It is very difficult sometimes for them to be all that a child needs. One of my volunteers is a second grade teacher who called about two little girls who were being raised by their elderly Grandparents. The teacher had taught both sisters and became very attached to them. She recognized the sacrifices the Grandparents made for the girls. According to the teacher these Grandparents were the best parents she had ever worked with. They came to every parent/teacher conference, they responded to all notes sent home and they talked often with the teacher to help their granddaughters. The teacher joined Big Brothers Big Sisters so she could work with these children outside of school.

The first time Big Sister took the Little Sisters for the afternoon, the grandparents went out to dinner. Grandmother stated that it was the first time in ten years that they were able to go out alone. Grandmother said that sometimes, when the girls are with their Big Sister, she and her husband just take naps. These grandparents are in their 70’s and never had the opportunity just to nap before Big Sister came into their lives.

Little Sisters are thriving. Big Sister has exposed them to so many things they never would have experienced with her intervention. They had never been to a high school football game. They never had seen a school play or a volley ball game. They had never eaten in a restaurant where food was served to them. Big Sister also helped them with their homework and this is the first year that they did not have to attend summer school.

Big Sister loves having the girls to spend time with. All of her children are grown and her son is in Iraq with the Navy. Big Sister comments often how much pleasure she gets from spending time with the girls and how they can always make her smile and take her mind off her son being overseas.
Little Brother was having a difficult time at school. The grade school psychologist stated that of all the children she has worked with she was most concerned about this Little Brother. In the past Little Brother has been known to start fires and be abusive to his younger siblings. Little Brother is matched with a Big Sister. He thinks of her like a grandmother and the two have a great time together. Big Sister has a large farm and Little Brother loves to help out. Big Sister said it was like having her own sons young again. Little Brother has low self esteem and thinks of himself as a, "bad boy."
Big Sister is showing Little Brother a lot of attention and teaching him that he is special. The two are having a wonderful time together.
Last month we received a call from a distraught young mother whose husband has just been sent to prison for two years. She is left to raise seven children by herself; three of her own and four step-children. One of the boys is 10 and is very hurt and angry because his father is gone. We have matched this boy and one of his sisters. We are not sure what the future holds for this Match; it is only a few days old. Hopefully someday soon their stories will provide another example of the great things our volunteers do for the children they are matched with.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Two programs that require volunteers.

Traditional Program: We are an equal opportunity agency; we accept men and woman over18 that are out of High School. There are three types of matches.

Traditional Match: An adult is matched one to one with a child

Couple Match: A couple is matched with the same child

Family Match: One or both parents and one or more of their children are matched with a child.

All volunteers in this program have to obtain a fingerprint BCI check. We also do a local sheriff/police check, check their driving record and check the sexual offender registry. They must provide a minimum of three character references, proof of car insurance and have a personal interview.
We ask these volunteers to meet with their Little at least twice a month for a period of at least one year.

School Based Mentoring:
We match high school students with grade school students. Groups meet for one hour a week after high school lets out but before grade school lets out. They meet at the Elementary Schools. Volunteers must have parental permission, are interviewed and must be in grades 9 through 12. They are responsible for transportation to and home from the groups. These groups meet from October through May.

We also use volunteers to help raise money during our fund raiser Bowl for Kids. This fundraiser is typically held the last weekend in March.

For more volunteer ideas throughout Muskingum, Perry, and Morgan Counties, please dial 2-1-1.