Each month, Big Brothers Big Sisters recognizes one outstanding Big for a strong commitment to his or her Little and to our overall mentoring mission. Read about how these Bigs connect with their Littles, what they talk about with their matches or how they overcome challenges while growing in their mentor friendships.
Big Sister Sa Von and Little Sister Ivy have been matched for more than three years, during which time their friendship has melded into a true sisterhood. They have found ways to bond over baseball games, swimming, boating and baking, but often when they get together, they pass the time by just hanging out and talking.
When describing her Little Sister’s personality, Sa Von points out how mature Ivy is and says, “She has in inner beauty that shines through in so many ways it makes me smile. I feel very lucky to have such a special person in my life.” She goes on to explain the connection that lies at the heart of their special relationship, “Ivy’s opened herself to being loved, and with that comes a large responsibility for me to not break that trust and to always be kind.”
Sa Von first became aware of Big Brothers Big Sisters through her grandmother Evy, one of her personal role models growing up. Her grandma said that Big Brothers Big Sisters was the first organization to offer support when her husband passed away leaving her to raise four young boys alone. Sa Von knew deep down that she wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of youth, and recalled her grandmother’s experience with BBBS when she decided where to volunteer.
For Sa Von, being a Big Sister means being a friend who offers her Little Sister her undivided attention, respect and willingness to share new experiences. She says of children in the program, “Littles are kind souls looking for their Bigs to be reliable friends who will listen to them, play with them and take an interest in the events that make up their lives.”
To all those who are considering volunteering but may have hesitations, Big Sister Sa Von says, “Why have you waited so long? By being involved in this program you have the ability to positively influence children and possibly provide them the courage and confidence they need to make good choices in school and with regards to the people they bring into their lives. In addition, you gain someone in your life who may be one of the best freinds you ever have.”