January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick is celebrating those who are already volunteering as Bigs and recruiting volunteers.
Every January, the news is full of the same stories: people are trying to eat more healthfully, hit the gym more often. This year, BBBS of Bath/Brunswick is changing that story and asking: What if this year, you could resolve to something vital with long-term positive impacts for yourself, a local family, and the greater community? What if you could make a resolution worth keeping, one that inspires more resolutions? In 2022, the agency is asking people in Brunswick, Harpswell, and Sagadahoc County to resolve to become a Big Brother or Big Sister.
“The community has supported us throughout the pandemic, and that has been essential in keeping Littles matched with their Bigs,” said Lindsay MacDonald, Executive Director of BBBS of Bath/Brunswick. “But now we are finding we have more Littles waiting than we have Bigs to fill those roles. It’s of critical importance that we find the right Bigs to match with these waiting children – our community’s Littles. We need people to step up and join the village this year.”
More than 24 youth in the agency’s service area are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister, and the only way to ensure they have someone to inspire them to reach their potential is for more adults to become Bigs. “Being a Big means committing to spending a few hours a month with a young person participating in the activities that you already love to do,” said MacDonald. Activities include playing basketball, visiting the library, taking a walk, cooking and sharing a meal, or creating an art project. The opportunities for sharing time together are vast, and it’s a lot of fun!
Community members can get involved by calling (207) 729-7736. Throughout the month, Big Brothers Big Sisters encourages followers on social media to tag a friend who would be a great Big Brother or Big Sister, using the hashtag #JointheVillage.