We are proud to nominate Cesar Morales as Big Brother of the year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland and Salem Counties. Cesar is married and has four children. He has a job which takes him out of the state from time to time and his life is very busy. However that did not deter him from becoming a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Cesar feels it is his obligation to not only “pay it forward” and “give back to the community”, but he would like to set an example for his children.
Cesar was matched to Little Brother Jose in September of 2016. Jose was originally referred to Big Brothers Big Sisters by the school counselor because he did not have a father figure in his life, he needed to improve his self-esteem and he was struggling with his grades. Since being matched with Cesar, Jose’s life began to improve almost at the onset. Jose’s mother states that, Jose or “JJ”, as he is called by family and friends, has gained more confidence.
Cesar has not only made a commitment to his Little Brother, but he has demonstrated his commitment to the agency’s mission and goals by always being a willing participant in agency activities and events. He is a multi- year donor and has been a speaker at our events. Cesar has made a lasting impact on his Little Brother and those of us here at the agency. He has determination, drive and commitment which he demonstrates through his relationship with Jose and his willingness to give time and energy to support the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is very deserving of the title Big Brother of the Year.