Sunday, April 15, 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters Makes Volunteer Recruitment a Priority

In an effort to reduce the number of children that are currently waiting for a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister, the agency staff and board have made volunteer recruitment efforts a priority. The agency is pleased to announce the newest core program volunteer mentors for the organization.

Alisha Robinson resides in the Quincy area and decided to become involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program after seeing her mother play the role as a Big Sister to a little in the past. She felt like she has the experience to work with children. She has been instrumental in helping her mother work the children that are placed in their home through foster care and through this role she has developed the desire to get children involved in more activities. Alisha enjoys being involved in drama productions, camping, reading, shopping, & dining out.

Big Sister, Jamie Wisinski started out in Big Brothers Big Sisters as a high school mentor in the Big Buddies program. By being involved in this program she obtained a good understanding of the need for mentors in the lives of children facing adversity. Now an active college student, she decided to become involved in the community based program. Jamie attends Edison College and is obtaining her degree in education. Jamie enjoys riding bike, walking, movies, crafts, and being involved in theater presentations.

Big Sister Lauren Gleason of Sidney decided to become involved as a Big Sister in the program because she wanted to help a child enjoy their childhood. Lauren feels blessed to have been raised in a wonderful home environment and wanted to share her experience with a child.. Lauren feels like the timing is right for her in her life to give back and have fun! In Lauren’s spare time she enjoys playing volleyball, going to movies, and being outdoors.

Big Sister, Misty Moehl from Greenville decided to become involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program after contemplating her volunteer options for an extended period of time. She decided that she was at a place in her life where she had the time to offer a child enhanced life experiences. Misty wants to be a good listener and friend. Misty enjoys people and feels like she is a people person, which helps in her current job in customer service. In her spare time she enjoys walking, reading and movies.

Big Brother, Randall Waymire of Greenville decided to become involved as a Big Brother after hearing about the program from a coworker who was a Big Sister. Randall had also heard about the programt in the past through Edison College. Randall has children of his own and understands the value of a role model in a child’s life. Randall enjoys being with his children, sports, exercising, and attending auctions in his spare time.

Big Brother Ryan Brumbaugh became a Big Brother for the program while he is pursuing a college degree because he has the time and enjoys working with children. He has nieces and nephews that he interacts with and feels like he can play that uncle role to a child in the program. Ryan, who resides in Versailles enjoys sports of all kinds, hiking, and taking online college classes.

Big Brother: Travis Wilson from Greenville decided to become involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program after receiving encouragement from his wife Jamie who is currently a Big Sister. Travis who works for Whirpool, was a past basketball coach and decided that he had the time and energy to be a coach and friend to a little in the BBBS program. Travis has also been involved in the past as a volunteer fireman so he understands the need to give back to the community. Travis enjoys spending time with his wife and dog in his spare time and shooting basketball hoops.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit United Way Member Agency, Lisa Brown, Executive Director. The program specializes in mentoring children who face adversity with adult volunteer Big Brothers and Sisters. These adults provide children with positive role modeling, as well as new educational and social activities. The wait list continues to grow, If you would like to become a volunteer and put a little magic in the life of a child please call the BBBS office at 492-7611 or 547-9622.

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