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Big Brothers/Big Sisters seeks volunteers

November 18th, 2011 1:55 pm by Staff Report

For 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBSETN) has been "providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships that will change their lives for the better, forever."

Husband and wife, Daniel and Brandi Cantwell, have been mentoring a Little Brother and Little Sister for almost a year. The couple was drawn to the program by their church, Celebration, which encourages members to make a difference in their community.

Daniel is a Big Brother for Marquice Horton, and Brandi is a Big Sister for Kristie Parker. Both generally try to spend time independently with their Little Brother and Little Sister at least once a week. The match has been great for all concerned. Brandi and Kristi spend time doing crafts or baking, while Daniel and Marquice enjoy playing basketball.

According to Rene Griggs, program coordinator, BBBSETN, mentors can participate in either the school or community-based program. The school-based program is for children in grades K through 5, and the mentors invest one hour with their "Little" at school either playing games, eating lunch or helping with homework. The community-based program is for children, ages 6 to 15, and the mentors are required to take their "Littles" on outings two to four times per month. Activities can include sports, playing games, crafts, going to the park, or just talking.

For more information or to volunteer, visit the website at or call 423-247-3240.

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