Guest post: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region

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It’s day two of 12 Days for Good, and today’s theme is family: to have and cherish those nearest and dearest to you, whether by blood, love or community. For the next 11 days we will host guest blogs from a range of service providers in our community. Today, we kick off that effort with a post from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region:WaterlooRegion_horizontal_2colour_300dpi_RGB

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region (BBBSWR), we provide positive volunteer role models to children and youth in our community to help them live their potential. We know the impact that a child’s formative years have on their future.  Our volunteers are not only role models, but friends and mentors.  Those in our community who volunteer as Big Brothers or Big Sisters become individuals who are cherished and valued by those they are working with – they become like family.

As shared recently by a parent of a Little Brother involved in our program, families can extend past biological relatives:

“My son was given the opportunity to have Dave as his Big Brother and Dave couldn’t have been a better fit for him.  It has been one of the best decisions I’ve made as his mom and I know having Dave in his life has given him friendship, support, guidance, love and much enjoyment.  Although my son has support from his family and friends, Dave has been a big brother in the truest sense to him. I know their relationship will last for many years to come.”

Volunteer-driven support networks and community organizations contribute greatly to the overall health of our community – our family. As this parent highlights, volunteering can be so much more than just giving time – it is sharing friendship, support and guidance. You have the ability to create an extended family of sorts. This is where “do gooders” like you step in. If you feel like you could share the experience of mentoring with a child in your community, please look at some of the opportunities available through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region.

Connect with BBBSWR through their website, Twitter or Facebook:

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One Response to “Guest post: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region”

  1. Day 4: Being an engaged citizen is an expression of fellowship | Perspectives from James Howe Says:

    […] you liked my post about how volunteering can address equality of opportunity, read this post from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region on how you can do exactly that by mentoring one of their […]

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