Looking to better yourself? Become a ‘Big’ sister or brother

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January is National Mentoring Month and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of East Central Ohio is celebrating those who already volunteer as mentors, “Bigs”, and is recruiting volunteers.

Every January, the news is full of the same stories: people are trying to eat more healthy, hit the gym more often. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio is changing that story and asking, “What if this year, you could resolve to do something more important, more impactful? What if you could make a resolution worth keeping, one that inspires more resolutions?” In 2021, BBBS is asking people in Tuscarawas and Carroll counties to resolve to become a Big Brother or Big Sister.

“Bettering yourself in the new year is a great goal,” said Beverly Pearch, BBBS CEO, “but we know people are also thinking about how to better their community and how to make sure that when they reflect on the year, they know they made a difference.”

There are currently 30 youth in Tuscarawas County and 10 youth in Carroll County who are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. The only way to ensure they have someone to inspire them to reach their potential is for more adults to step up and volunteer to become Bigs. Being a Big means committing to spending a few hours a month with a young person doing things you love to do, like playing basketball, visiting the library or learning how to cook. Residents can get involved with National Mentoring Month by inquiring about being a mentor with the agency and tuning in to the annual Celebration of Potential that will air virtually on the BBBS of East Central Ohio Facebook page at the end of the month.

The virtual program will recognize the community’s Big of the Year, Achievement Award winners for outstanding Littles, Community Partners and more. For those interested in the mission and impact of the local organization, the virtual format of the annual banquet provides a great opportunity to learn more and get inspired by the work of the local BBBS agency. On social media, individuals can stay up to date by following BBBS of East Central Ohio on Facebook and Instagram. Throughout the month, BBBS is encouraging followers to tag a friend who would be a great Big Brother or Big Sister and help with the mission of defending potential for youth in our community.

Inquiries can be made by visiting bigs4kids. com/volunteer or by calling 330-339-6916.

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