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Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for volunteers mentors for local kids

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Posted at 5:43 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 17:44:15-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier (BBBS) is looking for adults who are willing to be a volunteer mentor, a Big Brother or Big Sister, to a local child.

The organizations said mentoring is an essential service for children in the community, and helps them overcome barriers like those created by the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the economy.

If you are interested, Big Brothers Big Sister said to call (716) 873-5833 or visit their website.

“The impact on our agency remains unknown, however what we do know, with great certainty, is that there were close to 160 kids in our community who were waiting to be matched with a mentor and they will have to wait even longer if we don’t secure volunteers now, said Thomas J. Guagliardo, CEO for BBBS. "We need people to raise their hand today to be a mentor to a child in our community who is desperately waiting for them.”

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and be willing to make at least a one-year commitment to seeing the child at least two to three times a month.

There will be an Online Volunteer Information Session - Tuesday, April 21 at Noon or Tuesday, April 28 at Noon. To register for a session, contact Ashley at agriffin@beafriend.org.

BBBS said Big Brothers and Big Sisters are staying connected with their “Littles” virtually through phone calls, video chats or mailing letters to continue to provide them with support and guidance.