DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC ) — Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley is celebrating the success of their 100 Days / 100 Bigs volunteer recruitment campaign. Officials with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley say with the success, there is still a need for volunteers.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley with support from Ascentra Credit Union Foundation and KWQC-TV6 is pleased to announce that the goal of recruiting 100+ new mentors has been achieved! There were 173 people who inquired over the 100 day period (June 16 through September 23). 72 of those who inquired have been interviewed to become a mentor in the program (a Big) plus more than 40 people who inquired are in the process of being interviewed. When these final interviews are completed, BBBS will have met their goal of recruiting a minimum of 100 new volunteers over the summer.
“We are very excited about the results of the 100 Days / 100 Bigs volunteer recruitment campaign,” says Sarah Walker, Senior Director of Enrollment and Community Partnerships. “However, we are still in need of volunteers,” she said. “When the campaign is running in the community it creates awareness for families as well as volunteers, more children have been asking to be matched with a Big. Our list of children waiting to be matched is still well over 200, so the need continues,” Walker explained.
Jay Justin, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley says, “We are so grateful for the support we have received not only from Ascentra Credit Union Foundation and KWQC, but from our current Bigs who have been working with us to recruit new mentors.”
In June, 2016 a survey was conducted of more than 400 local elementary and middle school teachers of children who are enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sister program. Results from that survey show that 64% of the Littles in those classrooms improved in their self-confidence in the past year. 52% improved in their decision-making skills and 60% improved in their self-motivation. Eighty-eight percent of BBBS Littles either improved or maintained their overall academic performance in the past school year.
It only takes two to three visits a month to be either a School-Based Mentor or a Community-Based Mentor. “A School-Based Plus ‘Big’ will meet their ‘Little’ at school over the child’s lunch period. Usually they meet in a library, conference room or another place where they can play a game, read a book, or just talk,” said Walker. The Community-Based program has the Big picking up the Little at their home and “doing things out in the community” like going to a movie, hiking in a park, visiting a museum or grabbing a sandwich together. BBBS also offers staffed activities that both Community-Based and School-Based Plus can attend. They are fun and often times educational, interactive activities at various locations around the community.
To find out more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister go to http://www.bbbsmv.org/volunteer or call 563-323-8006. If you would like to schedule your company for a volunteer recruitment “Lunch and Learn” contact Beth Clark at 563-323-8006 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About Big Brothers Big Sister of the Mississippi Valley: Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentor relationships that change their lives for the better. BBBS has been in the Quad Cities region for over 28 years and has supported more than 11,000 children. For more information about BBBS go to http://www.bbbsmv.org