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A challenge to volunteer

Published: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The article “Big brothers in small supply” from the Sept. 22 Northwest Herald read, “Currently there are 21 boys and three girls who have yet to be matched up with a Big Brother or Big Sister, and the program hasn’t had a new volunteer through its doors since June.”

I have been a Big Brother since January 2011, and my wife has been a Big Sister since March 2011. In 2010, as a pastor, I received an email from BBBS of McHenry County asking if I knew of anyone in our church who would be willing to volunteer with this organization.

I thought about this, and then I asked myself, “Why can’t I do this? How can I ask others to get involved if I am not willing to get involved myself?”

Since then, I have had the privilege of being a Big Brother. I have learned much and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to pour my life into others.

Men, where are you? Are there 21 men who are willing to give a few hours a month to help those who need you?

I want to challenge you to give Big Brothers a call and make a difference in the lives of others.

As someone wrote, “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

David Neal

Harvard

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