January is National Mentoring Month and Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for people to become mentors.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Mollie Crooks, says research shows children who are mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters, are less likely to get involved with drugs and alcohol, and are more likely to graduate high school than kids who aren’t in the program.
"One of the reasons that I hear most frequently that people don’t’ volunteer is that it takes a lot of time and really it’s twice a month or one hour a week for either of our mentoring programs," said Crooks. "And I think what you’ll find is people get in it to make a difference in a child’s like but you’ll find that that child makes such a difference in your life."
Mentors are paired up with children ages 7 to 18-years-old and are matched based on interests. Crooks is also searching for area businesses to sponsor "Bowl for Kids Sake," the organizations biggest fundraiser of the year.
"As a individual or a company, a church, a family a school, there also can be individuals that get involved, form a team of five, do some fundraising events, set up a time and come to the lanes and bowl."
For information on becoming a mentor or corporate sponsor, you can call 740-453-7300.