By Trina Hoy
Community Development Director for Kosciusko County and School Buddy
Big Brothers Big Sisters recently launched the School Buddy Challenge by holding a call-a-thon hosted by CenturyLink.
Ambassadors spent a day calling current School Buddies in an effort to get referrals of other people they know who demonstrate the qualities to be a good School Buddy to a child in need in Kosciusko County.
Since schools are now in session, the need for positive role models has heightened as guidance counselors identify kids weekly who need a little extra help. So we’re reaching out to the community to challenge you to donate a little of your time to be a School Buddy. These kids are just looking for someone to be a friend.
When you volunteer, you will be interviewed and background checked, then matched with a child whose interests are similar to yours. Now you are a School Buddy, and well on your way to many rewards for you as well as the child. As a School Buddy, you then visit that child in the safety of their school for only one hour a week during the school year over their lunch hour.
It’s lots of fun, and knowing you’ll be helping a child makes it all worthwhile.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has programs in schools all over Kosciusko county including:
Pierceton, Lincoln, Harrison, Washington, Madison, Milford, and Syracuse.
We will be adding one additional school this year as well. There are kids waiting for a Lunch Buddy in each one of the schools listed, so start today thinking about how you can help, and call Big Brothers Big Sisters or stop by our booth at First Friday in Downtown Warsaw to volunteer.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with measurable impact.
For more information, to donate, or to learn how you can help support the mission, contact Trina Hoy, community development director for Kosciusko County at (574) 551-6386, [email protected] or visit their website at www.bbbsnei.org.