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We at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut are basking in the afterglow of our Volunteer Appreciation Event, held earlier this week. Although we know all of our matches are special, our case managers chose 6 men or women they felt deserved to be called Big Brother or Big Sister of the Year 2012.
As each pair approached the podium the connection between them was evident to everyone in the audience. The mentors took a turn at the microphone telling us how much fun they are having and what they are learning as a result of their friendship with their Littles. And then the real show began…although they were under no pressure to do so, each of the kids proudly spoke about how amazing their Big is. I don’t believe there was a dry eye in the house.
The evening was a powerful reminder of how impactful our work is. As with any job, sometimes we get lost in the day to day and stop seeing the big picture. Witnessing the love between Bigs, Littles and their families brought us right back to the day when we introduced the pair and made the first steps toward what we hope becomes a lifelong friendship.
Although we honored only a few, all of our volunteers are award winners in our eyes. They come from all walks of life, education levels, and have varying life experiences. What they have in common is a desire to have a positive impact on a child’s life.
Please help us continue to support these powerful friendships and create new ones for the kids on our waiting list. Your gift of any size brings us closer to our goal of providing a mentor for every child in southwestern Connecticut who needs or wants one.
Between now and year end, our “Little Big Matching Campaign 2012” is a chance for us to double the impact of mentoring in Southwestern Connecticut. Our longtime friend, Joe Massoud has pledged to personally match the funds when Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut raises $30,000.00 in “new” funding! Please help us to reach that goal.
If you decide to honor us with a donation, you can donate online here, call us with a credit card, or send a check to BBBS, 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605. Please check to see if your employer matches your charitable donations.
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