40 ‘BIGS’ NEEDED IN 40 DAYS

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More than 150 Abilene kids are waiting for a mentor. 100 of those kids are boys in need of a Big Brother.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Children served, called Littles, are matched with a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister based on common interests, personality, and experiences. Matches spend time together 2-4 times a month.

In the Lunch Buddies program, matches eat lunch, read, or play games together at the Little’s school. Matches in the community-based program may enjoy their time tossing a
ball around, going to a movie, eating out, or doing some other fun activity they choose together.

“Our goal is to successfully serve 635 children this year. To meet that goal and serve the children of Abilene well, we need more volunteers to join us as mentors, especially men. In honor of our 40th year in Abilene, we are excited to launch our Real Men Mentor: 40 Men in 40 Days campaign on March 22nd,” says Megan Tolle, director of public relations and recruiting at BBBS of Abilene.

“Young men in our community need more men to look up to…that’s the biggest thing. Mothers are generally always there. All of us firefighters can attest to that,” states Deputy Chief Mike Burden, volunteer Big Brother and BBBS board member.
BBBS’ Real Men Mentor: 40 Men in 40 Days campaign, sponsored by Weathersby Roofing, will run March 22 through April 30. Men who are interested in learning more about volunteering as a Big Brother are encouraged to inquire online at http://www.bbbstx.org/volunteer or call Megan at 325-674-3139.

Men who complete an application and complete a scheduled interview will be counted and receive a “Real Men Mentor” shirt or ball cap. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters programming and opportunities to volunteer, visit bbbstx.org or call Megan Tolle at 325-674-3139.

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