Psst, hey Bigs! This BIG Blog is just for you, because this week – National Volunteer Week – is all about recognizing volunteers for the incredible things they do. And as a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister, you are doing something pretty incredible! In fact, everything we accomplish at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities is only possible because of you.
Now, you may be thinking that the last time you got together with your Little, you didn’t do anything heroic or life-changing. Maybe you grabbed something to eat and just hung out chatting for a while; maybe it felt like no big deal. But guess what? All those little moments you spend together make a profound difference in your Little’s life.
The numbers alone are pretty impressive. There are about 2,600 Bigs in the Twin Cities, and last year, you spent about 93,000 hours with your Littles. That’s more than 10 years’ worth of video games, ice cream cones, and heart to heart conversations… and a lot of inspiration, confidence and encouragement passed along to kids who need it.
So even though any given day with your Little might not feel transformational, your friendship has a huge impact. That’s how mentoring works. All those little moments accumulate, until you’ve changes someone’s life for the better, forever. Having a mentor like you helps your Little have better school attendance and better grades, helps them get along better with their parents, families and friends, and helps them be successful, today and for the rest of their lives.
And it doesn’t end there. Mentoring has a ripple effect throughout the community. We all do better when our kids are happy and healthy, and when they grow up to be successful adults who can give back to their community themselves.
So go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back today. By being a mentor and a role model, you are creating a bright future for a young person and a better Twin Cities for us all. And that’s a pretty big deal.
Do you know someone who would make a good Big? Direct them to www.bigstwincities.org for more information about becoming a mentor.