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BBBS thanks its volunteers

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank the volunteers who provided one-to-one mentoring during National Volunteer Week.

The week was about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out ways to engage in their communities. It was about taking action, encouraging individuals and their communities to be at the center of social change, discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.

Volunteer big brothers and sisters have been making that transformation in McHenry County for nearly 20 years.

Potential volunteers are carefully screened and matched with a child with similar interests. Big brothers and sisters serve as role models and build strong and enduring friendships that will change the life of that child for the better, forever. Ongoing support sustains matches that are focused on positive youth outcomes.

Data show kids in our program are less likely to try drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and are less likely to skip school or drop out. We don’t focus on what society considers at-risk kids. We consider all kids to be at risk in today’s world. One-to-one mentoring has proved to be successful in helping kids break negative cycles by making positive choices.

A little time spent with a child can have a big impact on his or her future. If you’re interested in being a big brother or sister, contact our office by calling 815-385-3855. You can keep up with the great things we are doing by liking our Facebook page.

Robyn Ostrem

Executive director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County

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