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April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

I have just been matched with my second Little Brother. My first match lasted 4.5 years and was so much fun I decided to do it again. I really love the fact that I can use mentoring my Little as an excuse when I go out to have fun.

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My first match ended shorly before it was scheduled to on my Little's 18th birthday because he felt he had outgrown the need for our activities but that didn't detract from all the time we had spent together.

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Local agencies can make their own policies on overnight activities and my only regret is that the Milwaukee agency prohibits all of them. It's a little disappointing to think of all the opportunites my little will miss out on because of that rule.

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

As a former recrutier for BBBS, I had the priviledge of seeing the magic that happens when a caring adult is willing to give a few hours a week to a child who just needs someone in their life to befriend them. Each match provides an opportunity for a life changing relationship! Thanks to each and everyone of you, past, present and future Big Brothers and Big Sisters!

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

serving as a recruiter for volunteers as well as serving as a volunteer

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

find a way to have more adults volunteer so they can serve all of the children waitng for a Big

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

I was a little sister from 1997 to 2006, and my big sister, Carol, taught me a great deal about life and inspired me to further my education beyond that of my family members. Through Big Brothers Bis Sisters I meet someone that would change my life for the better,a nd for that I am very thankful. When Carol came into my life I was the second oldest of five children and my mother had just married into a second abusive relationship. Carol was with me through thick and thin, I often saw her home as a safe haven. Carol gave be great advice on taking responsibility for my life and doing things that would make me a better person. Through Carol’s encouragement I became the first in my family to receive my bachelors’ degree in May 2010. I am also now the first in my family to continue on into Graduate Studies. Carol made a big difference in the person I am today and how I see my life choices playing out. Carol is still active in my life and we are still close friends. She became my second mother. Through Carol I was able to find scholarships and other support systems to pay for college. Due to her positive influence I have decided to become a School Counselor and help students just as she helped me. Once I am finished with school I do plan on becoming an active mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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

Having a positive mentor and seeing how that mentor has helped positively change me as a person.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way to connect with other business and University programs to enlist more volunteers

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

I have been a Big Sister for nearly 10 years with the same match. Yesterday, she turned 17. We have one more year to be a "match" but we plan on being "sisters" forever. She even talks about being a big & things she wants to do with her little. Even about doing 3-generation stuff once in a while.
People always talk about what a blessing being a big is for the little. But, I have found that being a big is a huge blessing for me as well. I look forward to my time with my little. Even when we don't have big plans & we just watch a movie and talk I am just happy to be with her. Just seeing her lifts my spirits every time.

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

Being with my little sister & watching her grow.

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

Make it more accessible to people in Skagit County

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

Bigs had a major influence on school life. More than three-quarters of grown Littles surveyed did better in school because of their Big, two-thirds agree that their Big helped them reach a higher level of education than they thought possibl...e, and half agree that their Big kept them from dropping out of high school…many alumni LIttles have achieved higher levels of education than their parents…and most went on to earn their four-year college degree or more. "Adult Little Research, Harris Interactive, March-April 2009"

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I've personally experienced the results of this orgainzation in so many ways. One such way is through learning my wife was a little sister many years ago. Hence, her passion for the work of the agency is heart felt because she really believes in the mission of professionally supported one-to-one mentoring. Her motivation is driving by giving children hope for a better future.

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If I had to make changes to this orgainzation, I would ensure every agency has the personal and resources needed to do this very important work. It is painful to know some agencies have had to reduce their service areas due to funding or fulling engaged community leadership.

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

Big Brothers Big Sisters had the ability to make a huge impact on the youth in our counry....and they do it everyday! Thank you to BBBS for all you do for children.

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

worked with many BBBS matches

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

find additional funding so more children can be matched with mentors

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

I have been matched with my little for 6 months now. It has been a very rewarding program. My little and I enjoy many activities. Including bowling, playing board games, talking, watching movies and much more. One of the most amazing things about the program is how accurate the matching is. She is an absolute delight and a perfect match for me!

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

happiness. It is a great experience to mentor someone and know that you are helping a child.

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

Nothing.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

I have been a big sis for a couple months now. My little sis has the biggest heart, but she was struggling with her shyness. She wasn't participating in school or activities. She loves to sing and dance, so I have been taking her to some hip hop dance classes for some of our outings. She would barely talk the 1st week in class, but has continued to grow confidence these past 2 months. Yesterday she sang an incredible solo for the entire class and teachers! I was so proud of her! She has also started participating in school, and she even won a contest for answering multiplication questions 1st. I have seen her start to grow into a confident and caring young girl in just 2 months! It's an amazing experience to be a part of!

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

Seeing how I can have a positive influence in a child's life.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have access to more activities to do with my little sis.

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

Big Brothers Big Sisters is an exceptional organization. My son's father left when my son was only 2 and as my son got older he really needed a strong male role model in his life. When he was 9, I found out about Big Brothers and applied. He got the best big brother ever. His Big Brother would spend time with him every other weekend doing anything from hiking, biking, camping, surfing, volunteering at soup kitchens, going to amusement parks, etc. Over the years he was always there for him. He gave him the advice and guidance that he really needed from a strong role model. He was always there for him 24/7 no matter what he needed to talk about. He showed up at father/son events with him. He really boosted my son's self esteem and helped turn him into a responsible, loving, compassionate young adult. I am forever greatful to this organization.

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

the mentoring given to my son.

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

None. It is absolutely perfect and absolutey necessary.

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

I have been a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas for the past 2 years. My husband and I mentor a nine year old boy together. Our Little lost his dad when he was 3 and lives in a single parent home with 2 other siblings. He has no male influences in his life besides my husband. His mom goes to school full time and is a wonderful mom but at the end of the day she just doesn't have enough time to give her son everything he not only needs but wants. My husband and I spend time with him doing normal every day things. His favorite thing to do is hammer wood in our garage. I thought by mentoring a child that I would make his life better, but what I've found is that we have both benefited tremendously. Big Brothers Big Sisters helps change lives of not only children but also the adults that mentor them. We have seen our little brother become more confident. When we first started hanging out with him he had a hard time making eye contact and didn't like to talk to people he didn't know that well. The other day we had lunch with a friend of ours that he didn't know and he sat and held a conversation with him for 20 minutes. Our little will be a part of our lives forever. We look forward to helping him graduate from high school and go to college. He will always be a part of our family no matter where life takes us. Without Big Brothers Big Sisters we would never have had the opportunity to change a life and also to be changed! The impact that this program makes is huge and we will always be involved through mentoring and being donors.

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

the fact that my life is better because of mentoring this child. My life has become fuller and richer because of him.

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

want them to have a larger presence in their communities. It's very hard to let the areas know the impact of the program b/c the work goes on in the community and not in a building.

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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?

Provide more activities.

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

Yes, it made me want to be a better person.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel good knowing I'm helping impact the future of someone else for the better.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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