When you were young, who did you look up to? Who made a difference in your life? Who set you on the path you’re following today?
Since 1904, mentors around the country have stepped up to lead local youth through long-term relationships and supportive services. Through the local affiliate programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters, children facing adversity are given access to new experiences that help them build higher aspirations for themselves, eventually giving them the support they need to Live the Life You Choose.
What is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina?
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina is our local branch of BBBS America. Their mission is to “ensure every child in WNC has an enjoyable, long-term relationship with a caring adult who believes in them and sees their potential.” The organization provides ongoing activities, training, and support services for both families and volunteers. And when children are matched with a “Big,” they gain a long-term role model. Bigs help their Littles achieve academic improvement, grow their self-confidence, and develop a variety of life skills.
In 1975, local courts in WNC called upon what was known as the “Friends” organization to provide volunteers for juvenile offenders. By 1982, this program evolved and became officially affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Today, BBBS of Western North Carolina serves 10 WNC counties and has impacted the lives of more than 14,000 local children.
Ways to Support BBBS of Western North Carolina
Interested in making a lasting difference in the lives of local area youth? There are several ways you can support BBBS of Western North Carolina.
Become a “Big” – Every child is a spark that just needs a little encouragement to grow into a flame. Through just a few hours each month as a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister, you can become a full-time role model and friend. Your friendship will help provide your Little with the support they need to reach their full potential.
BBBS of WNC has three main programs to fit different needs and schedules: Community-based, School-based, or After-school mentorship programs. High school students 16 and up can enroll as Bigs in BBBS’ After-School Program.
Sponsor Bowl for Kids’ Sake – BBBS of Western North Carolina is looking for local and regional sponsors for Bowl For Kids’ Sake (BFKS), a signature fundraiser for hundreds of BBBS affiliates throughout the country. BFKS enlists teams of bowlers who engage in peer-to-peer fundraising to supplement sponsors’ support. Each year, the events raise over $200,000 for regional BBBS programs. Help prevent delinquency, school drop-outs, and other self-destructive behaviors—and have fun in the process. Become a BFKS sponsor today!
Make a Donation – Every donation to BBBS of Western North Carolina helps provide a child facing adversity with a caring mentor who can give them the guidance and support they need to achieve success in school and life. Make your donation today.
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Every day, Beverly-Hanks is impressed by our agents and staff for their involvement in strengthening community efforts through service and financial support. We encourage you to get involved, too.
Help local children in need of mentorship and support now and in the future! Give of your time and money to an organization that means something to you. Reach out to BBBS Western North Carolina or contact your Beverly-Hanks agent to learn about local efforts to help children in your community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina
50 South French Broad Avenue, Suite #213, Asheville | (828) 253-1470