April is National Volunteer Month and what a better way to get involved than to make a difference in the life of a local child. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities (BBBSGTC) is looking for community volunteers to spend 2 to 4 hours a month with an at-risk youth to help them improve in school, their behavior and their self-esteem.
Changing a child’s life, what a great way to volunteer,” said Kathy Lowdermilk, Regional Director of BBBSGTC. “If you have a few hours a month and want to make a difference, we want to talk with you about our program.”
Our local Big Brothers Big Sisters office, which serves the Greater Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City area, is part of one of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organizations in the United States. It’s a system that has been proven to work and transforms the lives of children who might not otherwise ever get the support they need to grow and successfully meet life’s challenges.
“We currently have almost 100 children in the process of getting a big brother or sister,” says Lowdermilk, “and we need volunteers for these great kids.”
Child-volunteer matches are made based on in-depth and comprehensive interviewing with parents, children and potential volunteers. Stringent safeguards are in place to assure that all parties are safe. Volunteer and parent engagement and training also play a big role.
For more information on how to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities, contact the office by calling 423-247-3240, or visiting TennesseeBig.org.