Big Brothers, Big Sisters

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Want to make a difference in your community? In the life of a child? A BIG difference? Then consider becoming a Big Brother (or Big Sister). I have seen the huge impact a “Big” can have on a “Little” – believe me, if you sign up to be a Big Brother/Sister, you can make a friend for life, be a true role model and mentor, and see the world in a whole new way.

And like the radio commercials a few months ago pointed out – you don’t have to be “perfect” to be Big Brother/Sister. And it doesn’t take too much of your time, either – just a few hours every month that can make a big difference – for you & a child.

Why the plug? Because the folks at the Great Falls BB/BS office recently reminded me about their program, and that they are desperately short of Big Brothers…and like I said, I’ve seen – up close & personal – how important a Big Brother/Sister can be. Keep reading if you’re interested…

Children Need You! Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for 50 big brothers in Great Falls

Calling all men for a good cause, and a little fun! Fifty young boys in the Great Falls area are waiting for a positive role model, and you could be a part of the solution. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Great Falls has a long list of boys in need of a “Big Brother” to spend time with them.

“We’re asking the men of Great Falls to share their time with our children,” said Tina Cubbage, Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO. “These friendships can provide a lifetime of growing for both the kids and the mentors. We really encourage all men to volunteer to make a difference in the life of a child and the community as a whole.”

BBBS is a volunteer program designed to help youth become productive, self-reliant adults. The program works by matching children with mentors from around the community. The BBBS staff works closely with parents to make sure each child is matched with a compatible “Big.” (Volunteers are nicknamed “Big,” while the kids are called “Little.”)

It’s very easy to volunteer with BBBS. The only requirements are that “Bigs” need to be at least 19 years old and live in Great Falls or the surrounding area. They must be committed to sharing fun time with their “Little.” Married couples can participate together. Every volunteer goes through a screening process. They receive training and supervision to help the relationship grow and reach its full potential.

The time Big and Little spend together can be used to learn new hobbies, go to events, watch movies over a bowl of popcorn or play board games. Each pair decides what they want to do together. The possibilities are endless! Some local businesses offer 2-for-1 specials to support the efforts of volunteers.

The first step to becoming a Big Brother is to call 453.5521. The staff is happy to answer any questions you may have. So what are you waiting for?

OK, that’s the pitch. Look at it this way: you may not be able to start or stop the construction of a coal plant, or do anything about the traffic on 10th Avenue South, or change City Hall’s mind about raising parking meter rates…but you CAN make a big difference in our community – by making a big difference in the life of a child.

Corny? Yeah. But true. Make the call – or visit the BB-BS website for more information.


1 Comment

  1. Just in case you didn’t know, every December, the local Harley Owners Group chapter gets together and throws a big party for the kids in this program. We each pull the name of a child aged 12 or under, and purchase and wrap a nice gift for them.

    At around 11am, Santa and Mrs. Claus drive up 10th Ave. from “Flag Hill”, into Big Sky Harley, where they distribute the presents to the kids. We then furnish them and their parents with a nice meal, with food that is generally donated from local merchants like Van’s IGA, Albertsons, & others.

    The kids have a ball, as do Santa & Mrs. Claus, and for those of us whose kids live far away, it’s a chance to at least share a little holiday joy with some kids who might not even have a Christmas.

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