Abilene, TX – March 12, 2018
There are 80 boys waiting for a Big Brother in Abilene. These young men, age 7-14, have raised their hand to say “I need a mentor” through Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS).
BBBS matches children, called Littles, with a Big Brother or Big Sister based on common interests, personality, and experiences. Bigs are mentors and friends who help their Little see the possibilities for their life, right now, and in the future.
“Generally, only 3 of every 10 volunteer applications we receive are from male volunteers. In contrast, 60% of our child waiting list are boys hoping to be matched with a Big Brother. It’s easy to see why the need for male volunteers is always high! March 18th marks the start of our 2019 Real Men Mentor campaign and we are excited to see more men step forward to mentor one of our 80 waiting Little Brothers,” says Megan Tolle, Director of Public Relations and Recruiting at BBBS of Abilene.
BBBS 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 during lunchtime. Matches in the Community-Based program spend time together outside school walls tossing a ball around, going to a movie, eating out, or doing some other fun activity they choose together.
BBBS’ Real Men Mentor: 30 Men in 30 Days campaign, sponsored by Communities of Abilene Federal Credit Union, will run March 18th through April 18th. Men who are interested in learning more about volunteering as a Big Brother are encouraged to inquire online at 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 shirt and ball cap as well as be entered to win two Rangers game tickets with a parking pass.
For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters programming and opportunities to volunteer, please visit bbbstx.org or call Megan Tolle at 325-674-3139.