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Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates first year in eastern Crawford

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Posted: Friday, May 13, 2016 11:56 pm

>> 11 local ‘littles’ in need of matches

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One year later, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Oil Region, a program of the Family Service and Children’s Aid Society of Venango County, continues to grow and focus on finding mentors for local youth.

On May 15 of last year, the program announced its expansion of service into Eastern Crawford County, and, in December, the program moved into its new office at 119 E. Mechanic St., Suite A, in Titusville.

Chana Hopkins, match support specialist, said that over the past year the program has been busy reestablishing connections within the community.

The main goal has been to gain community awareness to assist staff in identifying and enrolling more adult volunteers “Bigs” to mentor the children on the program’s waitlist.

Becoming a Big is something just about anyone can do. The main requirement is a willingness to be a caring, consistent, and safe role model with a desire to share a friendship with a child.  

This special mentoring relationship has been an enjoyable and fulfilling experience for many people. You and your “Little” can share activities you already like to do. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you will enjoy them even more with your Little, and you will be making a life-changing impact.

Bigs typically spend only a few hours a week, a few times a month, for at least one year, building a friendship with a child that could last their lifetime.

The Littles are children from the community who could benefit from having a positive role model.

Children may be referred to the program by their parent/guardian, school, other agency, or church.

Most children are from one-parent families. All are in need of a friend — someone to laugh with, talk to, learn from and to share those simple moments that make being a child fun.

Currently, there are 11 children on the local BBBS waiting list, anxiously looking forward to being matched with a Big.

Another way to become involved with BBBS is to join the Advisory Committee. This committee recruits dedicated community volunteers to help Big Brothers Big Sisters serve more children, and oversee the overall growth and effectiveness of the program.

You can also help by donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters to sustain the important work of match support specialists.

For more information on how you can become involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Oil Region, contact Chana Hopkins by stopping by the office, calling (814) 827-3472, ext. 101, or emailing chopkins@fscas.org.

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