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Big Brothers Big Sisters needs community volunteers

Submitted by Kathy Lowdermilk • Mar 23, 2019 at 4:30 PM

TRI-CITIES – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee’s Greater Tri-Cities branch is looking for community volunteers to make a difference in a child’s life. Spending approximately four hours a month mentoring an at-risk youth can help improve their schoolwork, their behavior and their self-esteem.

“We are looking for caring adults to be mentors to make a real difference in our community,” said Kathy Lowdermilk, Regional Director of BBBSETN. “If you have a few hours a month and the desire to make a difference, we want to talk with you about our program.”

Our local Big Brothers Big Sisters office, which serves the Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City area, is part of one of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organizations in the United States. It’s a system that has been proven to work and transforms the lives of children who might not otherwise ever get the support they need to grow and successfully meet life’s challenges.

“We have a real need and around 80 children on the waiting list,” says Lowdermilk, “and all of these great kids deserve a mentor.”

Child-volunteer matches are made based on in-depth and comprehensive interviewing with parents, children and potential volunteers. Stringent safeguards are in place to assure that all parties are safe. Volunteer and parent engagement and training also play a big role.

Anyone wanting to find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities should contact the office by calling (423) 247-3240, or visit www.TennesseeBig.org.

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