Rotary learns about Big Brothers Big Sisters

(Submitted photo) Pictured Left to right Rotary President Joe Timm and Kelly Palmer, Regional Director of Big Brothers and Sisters

For over 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast (BBBSSUN) has matched youth in meaningful, enduring, professionally supported one to one mentoring relationships with adult volunteers who help them realize their potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ evidence-based approach is designed to create positive youth outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and improved relationships.

This past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has served over 1,800 youth across a 10 county footprint.

After receiving nearly fifty inquiries from children in Hendry County who want a Big Brother or Big Sister, BBBSSUN took action and hired a professional mentor manager dedicated to the area. BBBSSUN is fundraising, building a board, establishing relationships with local businesses and most importantly they are searching for Bigs. Kelly Palmer, Regional Director of BBBSSUN shared, “We have children waiting to become Littles and now we hope to find adult volunteers willing to mentor these children and become a Big Brother or Big Sister.”

There are a number of ways to serve as a Big, whether it is out in the community, at a local school or in a place of employment. Volunteers can choose what works best for them. “The key to the success of a match between a Big and Little is that it works for both sides, and that is what we work to ensure when making and supporting a match,” said Palmer.

To learn more about becoming a Big or a Little please call 1-855-501-BIGS or go online to bbbssun.org

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