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August 4, 2009

I've been a BIG to my three LITTLES for a little over 1 year and I love it. My littles live with their mom and are 6, 8, and 13. Mom struggles to provide simple things and at times just needs a break, that's where I come in. I pick the girls up every other Saturday and spend 4-5 hours with them. We usually bake cookies or a cake, then play games or color. For Christmas and Mother's day we all worked together on simple crafts to make their mom a gift. I think the best one was the t-shirt with their pictures on it. My oldest little struggles with reading so we try to make time to sit and read together, then talk about what she read. I also do other things with them such as roller skating (them, I watch) or a dollar movie. Since money is tight we tend to do lots of things at home. I have also done things like buy tennis shoes for school or an outfit now and then. While tis is not necessary as a BIG, I think for me it's important. I remember being the child whose parents couldn't afford new shoes at the start of a school year, always wearing hand me downs. I just love being a BIG, I love being able to make a difference in their lives, if in no other way then to make time for them, when you have time for somebody your telling them "YOU MATTER". I hope to be around for a long time so that I can watch my littlest little graduate and go on to college.

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

My littles are doing better in school because they have extra help studying.

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

I believe that what is invested in our children's present life, will pay dividends in the future for all of us.

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

Caring, compassionate and fun!

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

reach more children and offer programs that would help to build the individual self-esteem of each child. Programs such as tumbling, martial arts or music.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Big Brother Big Sisters is the opportunity of a lifetime to help those who may be disadvantaged or unable to understand the complex world we live in, but with the unwavering guidance and support from a mentor that challenge is mitigated. Big Brothers Big Sisters is committed to changing the world we live in one child at a time. The opportunity I have been given to work with them is amazing and has been life changing. There are many great Non-Profit organzations to work with, but Big Brothers Big Sisters is without a doubt, top notch and a great pleasure to serve with.

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

The quality of the children once they have had the opportunity to be a part of the greatest non-profit there is.

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

Try my best to uphold the standards set in place by the current administration. I see no need for change except to find new and creative ways to keep on helping the kids today, to open doors for them tomorrow.

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

The opportunity to leave a good impression on the kids and provide them a great role model to look to. Meeting the children is awesome being able to sit and chat with them is just flat out amazing!!!

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

excellent representations of Big Brother Big Sister and what they stand for. Honesty, Integrity, and so much more

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

Do a lot but now with out the support of great volunteers who are willing to donate their time to this wonderful cause.

Ways to make it better...

I could not have asked for better if there are improvements to be made I don't see or know of any.

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

We need more volunteers who are willing to make a difference in the community and give back to those who need help the most. Our Future

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters is second to none!!!! :-)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I have been involved with Big Brothers/Sisters for over 20 years and have seen the impact that local volunteers make on the community and the people that live in the Middle Georgia area.Big Brothers/Sisters of the Heart of Georgia are fiscally responsible for the money they manage and fills a big void in the daily lives of children throughout Middle Georgia. I am proud to be affliated with such a great organization.

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

The community especially in the lives of children.

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

The dedication of the President and the staff of the agency

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

Dedicated, helpful and caring

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

Make a difference in 1 million kids in the Middle Georgia vicinity of being good roles models and by reducing truancy and crime.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc. is a huge asset to our community as they pair often directionless youth with an adult mentor who can help them identify life goals and take the first steps to reach those goals.

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

the lives of students in our schools as they are motivated to stay in school.

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

make sure that all employees followed up wtih every request/match/phone call/ email, and find a way to reduce turn-over.

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

their vision for positive change.

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

Area Managers, Match Coordinators, and one Supervisor.

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

pay adults to mentor young people, and have them go through a hiring process so that only the best ones were allowed to have time with the kids.

Ways to make it better...

I had personally been matched with a Little sooner.

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

the lack of adults volunteering to participate in the program.

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

this organization has the potential to change so many young lives, and therefore the future!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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The Big Brothers Big Sisters organization has been a blessing to my wife, both of our Littles, and to me. There a great deal for a child to understand about life and this world, most of which he or she can only get from another individual. In a perfect world, every child would get much of what they need in a loving two parent home. But this is the real world and there are scores of children who need a caring mentor from outside of the home. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes that possible children in Central Georgia. They are making the world better one child at a time. An investment in Big Brothers Big Sisters can benefit all generations from this point forward.

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

deeply committed to serving children. Every child is seen as a treasure that to be cherished and cared for.

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

dramatically extend its reach into the population of little boys and girls in Central Georgia who need to be loved and cared for by a positive role model.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia has grown so much to help so many more kids in Central Georgia. They recruit thousands of volunteers each year to mentor kids and support them for higher achievement of the children. And the kids and volunteers love it. Kids are staying in school, avoiding risky behaviors, and getting along better with friends and family.

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

how the children have benefitted from having mentors. They get better grades, have better behavior, go to school more often, and have higher aspirations. The agency has grown exponentially in the number of children served, and in the quality of the services.

Ways to make it better...

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

encourage the community to support the agency with donations to help continue serving the kids. I would also urge the board members to lead this endeavor.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

More activities for the matches.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Reminded me what it is like to be a young girl in a confusing world.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Fulfilled

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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