Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts agency picnic at Earl’s Island

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County sponsored an agency picnic at Earl’s Island, Lake Loramie State Park on Thursday, August 11, to provide an evening of fun and food for the volunteers and the children in the program.

Over 60 individuals from Shelby and Darke Counties attended the picnic under clear skies and mild temperature. Everyone had a wonderful time, with the children enjoying the inflatable slide before and after the activities. Tied in with the evening activities was a project for United Way in Shelby and Darke County. The theme for this year’s Shelby County campaign is “Growing together – the United Way”. Bigs and Littles utilized their creative talents to decorate flower pots, depicting what the United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters means to them. These pots will then be displayed at the kick-off event. In addition to this, Bigs and Littles made thank you cards for our veterans. These cards will be used in part of the Make a Difference Day in Shelby and Darke County through the United Way.

Group activities are an integral part of the mentoring program for children from “at risk” homes. “Outings such as these help to build team working skills, enhance social skills, and boost a child’s self esteem,” according to executive director, Lisa Brown.

The Shelby & Darke County agency has 107 community based matches with a list of over 40 children in need of an adult volunteer. Volunteers are required to see the children two times per month offering support and fun, educational activities. It should be noted that match activities can be scheduled around a volunteers own calendar. Volunteers do not need to make a huge commitment of time, just have a “Big” heart and a willingness to have a positive impact on a youth in our own community.

With this in mind, the agency is always looking for new volunteers to become matched with a child and become a mentor. Every match is assigned a professional staff member to ensure that all parties are satisfied with the match and that the child is benefiting from the service.

If you would like more information on entering your child in the program or on becoming an active volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, please call 937-547-9622 or 937-492-7611 or visit their website at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is a non-profit United Way member agency and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Pictured: (Top): Big Sister Tiffany Blumhorst and her Little Sister Kira Davidson help pot a mum for the Shelby County United Way kick-off luncheon celebration. Kira is the daughter of Shanna Davidson. All are Sidney residents.
(Middle) Bigs and Littles finish their craft activity and await the drawing of names for prizes.
(Bottom) Bigs and Littles enjoy a picnic supper at Earl’s Island in Lake Loramie State Park.

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