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April 12, 2011

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April 12, 2011

I knew that I wanted to be a mentor years in advance of being introduced to Big Brothers Bigs Sisters of the Heart of Georgia. I wanted to make a difference in the life of boy who needed a role model, but I could never have imagined what an impact that little boy would have in my life. I have to give credit to God and His servants in this agency. Loving and professional are the two words that describe these people. To do mentoring right, you have to have both.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing children become more successful in school and in life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it less dependent on outside funding by creating an endowment.

August 11, 2009

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August 11, 2009

When I decided to become a big sister, I never thought this experience would influence me as much as it has. At the beginning, it became a challenge because of my schedule, but it soon became the highlight of my week. Ironically, I wasn't only mentoring my little sister, she was mentoring me as well!!! I learned so many things from her and she definitely contributed to my growth as a person. It was after this realization that I decided to form part of Club Esperanza, where I became a Big Sister of three precious girls. Each day I visited all of my four little sisters, I thanked God for the joy HE brought to my life through these four little treasures. They were the ones who with their words and smiles made me feel great about life, even when things are school became tough. The payoff?...A call I received recently from all of them this summer telling me that they can't wait to see me again. What was so amazing to hear was not that they want to see me again, but the simple sound of their innocent voices. The feeling is mutual. I can't wait to see them again...to see what God has prepared for them in life. Another payoff?...my growth as a person and increased gratitude towards God for my life :)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My growth as a person.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That I had the opportunity to work with children from different ethnicities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very generous, had great personalities, were very motivated and always inspired the children to be someone in life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do more activities with the children.

Ways to make it better...

I had not waited as much to be matched with a little sister.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 10, 2009

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August 10, 2009

When I first heard about Big Brothers Big Sisters, I no idea how I would fit in or what value I could add. After I applied and was accepted as a Big Sister to a beautiful young girl, I wondered how I could bring joy and companionship to my little sister. What a surprise I was in for. She brought more joy and companionship to me!!! Isn't it amazing how things work out. After a year a half of being a Big Sister, I have come to realize that my life has changed so positively and that I now have someone that I will be part of for the rest of my life. Since May 2008, we have explored places together that has enriched us individually and jointly. I think we have toured every restaurant in the commuting area!! We have done craft works (decorated shoes, pumpkins, and Easter Eggs). We have baked desserts together.....My!!..I think we have turned into twin "Martha Stewarts"!! Just to continue the list of things we have done as sisters.....church, bowling, horseback rides, water boat rides, shopping, dinners with my family and hers, family parties and celebrations, and the list goes on. The special thing about my little is that she constantly makes me laugh with her actions and funny stories. I guess in a nutshell, I am trying to convey that being involved in BBBS has been the most rewarding activity that I have ever been involved in. The value it has added to my life is incalculable. I hope others will consider being part of this rewarding program. I have been truly blessed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The happiness of my little.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Advertise the agency more.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Enriching mine and Nayshla's life and sharing our cultural differences.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Outstanding

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make sure that no child is without a mentor

Ways to make it better...

I had volunteered sooner!!!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding mentors for every child that needs one.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Being a volunteer is just like the saying: "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 5, 2009

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August 5, 2009

This organization has provided an opportunity for at risk children to have additional positive, caring, and instructive adult input into their lives. It has been my priviledge to participate these last 10 years in weekly (school year) activities including fun and social, but most importantly the chance to develop a relationship that tells the child they are valuable and deserve to have every opportunity to learn and grow. The responses these children have provided back to me have been among my greatest life blessings.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been able to receive information and personnaly see the growth in numbers and response to children in the middle Georgia area. I also developed relationships with school personnel that have provided great satus updates on children I have mentored.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I doubt I could do nearly as well as they do.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The BBBS staff have been very well organized ans suppotive, but the greatest element is still the response of the children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Energetic, outgoing, caring, helpful, etc. They have been a joy to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Greatly enhance the wonderful work they do to provide a boost to children, which is our society's greatest resource. Particularly actions like resources for additional recruiting efforts including facilities and staff.

Ways to make it better...

For me personally it is hard to imagine it being any better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

As great as they are they still could do more with additional resources, especially recruit more male mentors for the at risk male students.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is an important part of intervention in the lives of children who could have problems in a smooth transition to positive adult lifestyles. It is a critical need that only requires a liitle time to show that they matter.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 5, 2009

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August 5, 2009

BBBS of the Heart of Georgia is a great program that I've been involved with for the last five school years. The staff has been very supportive and always checking to see how my little and I are doing. My little sister, Savannah, means the world to me. We learn from each other and teach each other things. I want to instill in her the value of volunteering. When Savannah told me that she thinks of me as her real big sister, I wanted to cry. Thanks to the BBBS of the Heart of Georgia for introducing me to a great school (Parkwood Elem) to work with and a fabulous little sister!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the children.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do everything possible to help as many children as I could.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the time that I spend with my little sister, Savannah.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind, caring and thoughtful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. Children are our future and the sooner you help the ones that might be lost, the better our community would be.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm glad I got invovled with BBBS of the Heart of Georgia.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 5, 2009

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August 5, 2009

I have been a Big to two Littles for the last five years. What an incredible experience! I love being able to help with homework, show them how to cook, or expose them to something they've never seen. They are family to me and I to them. BBBS is a great program to share yourself and help out a child. You get the opportunity to see them thrive and grow into young adults. Don't cheat yourself of this experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smiles on the kids faces.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ability to help a child who otherwise might not have an opportunity.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all dedicated to the BBBS cause.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 5, 2009

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August 5, 2009

Big Brothers Big Sisters gave me the chance to experience first hand the need that many children experience; a person in their immediate presence who will listen, participate, and share. I will graduate from UGA in 8 years. I plan to be a pediatrician. I will have a non profit organization dedicated to children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The youth of the poorest county in Georgia. Sparta, Georgia has the highest unemployment rate. The children in the program were so happy to attend the meetings.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find out what each child wanted to be when they grow up and give them the experiences that foster, nourish and develop those dreams.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being with my "Little Sister" and getting to know her as the unique person that she is.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

My peers in age, grade, and enthusiasm for making a difference in the life of a child.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide experiences for sister and brother pairs that could enrich the lives of both; such as,supervised fishing trips, beaches, bowling, college prep, guest speakers, from various vocations.

Ways to make it better...

I was in the program much longer, so I could institute some of the ideas I have.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial struggles of the reccession.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have grown exponentially!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 5, 2009

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August 5, 2009

Let me tell you how special and exciting this organization is. I am a first grade teacher. This past year I fell in love with two children who have so much potential but live in very sad foster care situations. I knew if given a mentor to guide them through the journey of wanting to achieve, and seeing the value in a good education, respectful manners, cleanliness, and honor, they would THRIVE. So, my husband and I prayerfully contacted BBBS and asked if we got accepted as Big Brothers and Sisters, could we get these kids signed up and then be matched! It has been unbelievably easy to do, thanks to BBBS. We have enjoyed these kids so much and we hope to be a big part of their life as they continue on with their education. We hope to be able to share in their highs and lows of life. We hope to be with them as they become the amazing and successful adults they deserve to be. Thank you so much BBBS! We appreciate you working with us to make the matches happen. Susie Burns

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how well they worked with us, my students and the foster parents in a timely manner so we all could be matched and begin our journey together.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get EVERY small community involved (like mine) so there are activities for BBBS in the small communities as well as the large.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They follow through with everything and are very thorough.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unbelievably kind, respectful, considerate (came to see us at night because we could not do it any other time)and thorough.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Allow the small communities to have promoters and programs - maybe through the churches.

Ways to make it better...

It could be made easier to get in touch with someone quickly.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Reaching out to the small communities. 95% of my school is At Risk and they need mentors who can show them the value in a good education, why they should do their best, and that there is a much BETTER world if they only have the desire for it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I do not know what is going on in the Big Cities, but here, in Milledgeville, Georgia, we need BBBS mentors. We need to reach these adults who can make a positive difference. This is an amazing organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 4, 2009

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August 4, 2009

I am so encouraged by BBBS,Inc. It has provided an outlet for me to help a child. I was an adopted child and it would have meant so much to me to have had a mentor in my life at a time that was so confusing to me. My cudo's to the Macon/Bibb County BBBS, Inc. Mark Yancey

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It is so effective to mentor a child who needs the guidance and friendship of an adult.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

enjoy my job every day.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The joy I have received is immeasurable. It has enriched my life to help a child.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

From top to bottom, all the staff and volunteers were very supportive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help so many more children in need.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 4, 2009

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August 4, 2009

I feel that the BBBS program is one of the most meaningful and successful program there is in the Middle GA area. If we could get more people to volunteer for this, it would be tremendous. Keep up the good work BBBS!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my little sister from the BBBS program.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

pretty much do the same thing that is being done now, because these people work so hard to make everything better for these kids.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact that the volunteers and employees always stay in contact with the progress of the Little sisters and brothers of the BBBS organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind and involved.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

implement so many other programs that would give our youths more productive things to do with their time.

Ways to make it better...

talked to a few of the children first, trying to get to know them better so that I would have known what they needed before I actually started to visit.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

consistent and productive volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I endorse this program, and I hope to become an even better Big sister than I have been.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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