Weekly Feature

2012-02-16 / Local News

Big Brothers Big Sisters expanding into town

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County recently received funding from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, to provide services to at-risk children between the ages of 9 and 12 in Cheektowaga.

Children involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters are usually from low-income or single-parent homes and struggling at school with academics and/or peers.

“We are excited to be able to offer our program to at-risk children living in Cheektowaga who could benefit from a mentor,” said Alicia Bartsch, BBBSEC director of community relations. “We feel this is the perfect opportunity for those individuals from Cheektowaga and neighboring areas, who want to make a personal and impactful difference in their community, to become mentors.”

Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers are asked to meet two to three times a month, for a few hours each time, with their little brother or little sister for a minimum of one year. Mentors are encouraged to share everyday activities that focus on having fun and building a friendship that develops the interests, skills and feelings of self-accomplishment for the child.

From the beginning, every match is supported by an agency case manager who assists in developing the friendship through regular contact, match activities and training.

Anyone interested in becoming a big brother or big sister can visit www.beafriend.org or call the 873-5833.

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