Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties (BBBS) truly appreciates the support we receive from the communities we serve. April 7 through 13 is National Volunteer Week, and as such BBBS would like to thank all of those individuals who give their time and friendship to transforming a child’s life. In fact, during 2018, our team of over 200 volunteers helped to serve 298 children and families throughout Cumberland and Salem counties.
Inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). BBBS develops positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people in our local communities. For example, studies have shown that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in our program, were:
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school
- 37% less likely to skip a class
- 33% less likely to hit someone
“We are truly fortunate to have so many remarkable Big Brothers and Big Sisters who not only help their Littles to grow and reach their potential in so many ways, but also advocate for BBBS in the community, volunteer at our events, participate in our fundraisers, and so much more,” said Donna Bennett, President and CEO of Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cumberland and Salem Counties. “National Volunteer Week is an opportunity for us to forcefully voice our appreciation to these everyday heroes, and to inspire more amazing individuals to become involved.”
“Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you will ever do, not to mention one of the most fulfilling,” Bennett continued. “You can help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering him or her to achieve.”
“We are always looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve their community at the same time. For a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply changing their perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing their life. Just as your options are unlimited, so is your Little’s potential,” Bennett concluded.
For more information on mentorship, volunteering, or additional ways to support Big Brothers Big Sisters Cumberland Salem, please contact our office at 856.692.0916, or visit our website at www.southjerseybigs.org.