Become a Mentor and Help Kids Reach Their Potential

by Kelly Choate on October 26, 2011 at 6:41 am

There has never been a better time to make a difference in the life of a child.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to help kids reach their potential through one-on-one relationships with mentors.  Executive Director Mollie Crooks said the Zanesville chapter is in dire need of volunteers.

"Right now we have about 80 children on a waiting list in our area," said Crooks.  "Our agency serves Muskingum, Morgan and Guernsey counties.  In those three counties, we have 80 children waiting to find that fun friend that’s going to show them new adventures and just be there to listen and talk, and share some nice memories with them."

Crooks said children involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters are less likely to skip school and use alcohol and illegal drugs.  She said building a lasting friendship is a rewarding experience for everyone.

"A lot of our volunteers tell us that they get into this program and volunteer because they want to make a difference in the life of a child, but what ultimately happens is that their lives are forever changed as well," said Crooks.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is getting ready for its 11th annual Buckeye Pep Rally fundraiser on November 18th at Eagle Sticks Golf Course in Zanesville.  If 200 raffle tickets are sold, one winner will take home $10,000.  For more information, or to become a big brother or sister, you can call (740) 453-7300.