With January fast approaching, many Mission residents are considering New Year’s resolutions to eat better, exercise more, or make other positive lifestyle changes.
Mentoring co-ordinator Cassie Silva of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters office is encouraging people to consider a resolution that will positively impact their lives as well as the life of a child in need.
“We currently have nine boys and eight girls on the wait list for a Big Brother or a Big Sister in Mission, and some have been waiting up to two years. I would love to hear from any potential volunteers to discuss our waiting kids and how the program can work around your schedule,” said Silva.
She explained the kids on the wait list are often from single-parent homes, and all of them would benefit from another supportive adult in their life to spend time with.
“We have lots of little boys who live with their mom and sisters who are dying for some guy time – to get away from the girls and just go kick a ball around or watch a movie with a man. Some of these boys have witnessed domestic violence and really would benefit from the opportunity to see what a healthy relationship with a man can look like. We also have girls on our wait list who live with single dads and don’t have much family around, who are yearning for a woman to spend time with and talk to.”
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister can provide you the opportunity to get in touch with your inner child by playing at a playground, doing a science experiment, crafting a gingerbread house, or having someone to go see Disney movies with.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters can be any age (19-plus), and opportunities exist for Grade 10-12 students as well. Lots of Mission kids have asked for a Big Brother or a Big Sister for Christmas, but Santa needs some help.
Visit mentoringworks.ca to explore the different volunteer programs available in Mission or get in touch with mentoring co-ordinator Cassie Silva at 604-820-3337 or email@example.com.