Big Brothers Big Sisters eager to welcome more youth, adults

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TRURO – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester County wants to make more matches this year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester County has been busy fundraising and is looking for more youth and adult matches. Sherry Martell - Truro Daily News

Michelle Misener, executive director of the organization, told the Truro Daily News a new goal has been set for 2014.

“We have set our goal to serve 300 individual children this year. It’s kind of ambitious … we now serve 265.”

While on paper it may not look like a big jump, Misener says it is.

“Recruiting, screening, matching and making sure it goes well takes a lot of time and effort,” and may require hiring a part-time staff member. There are currently four staff members.

Reaching the goal would also require the community to step up. More ‘bigs’ or adult mentors are needed to match to children, who range in age from five to 18.

The organization is also welcoming more children even though there are 35 youngsters on the waiting list to be matched with an adult mentor.

“That’s quite low,” Misener said, adding last year there were about 65 children awaiting a ‘big.’

“A lot on a waiting list were older and graduated and unfortunately they (aged out and) weren’t able to be matched,” said Misener.

The executive director also wants to focus on offering more programs to youngsters within the community in addition to school-based events, such as in-school mentoring.

As far as finances, the organization is “doing quite well,” heading into 2014, said Misener.

Major fundraisers such as Travelotto, Big Buck 50/50 draw and others have had good community response.

“We have a wonderful community and it helps we have a long-standing staff. We don’t sit back and say, ‘we hope the government funds us.’ We go out and fundraise in fun ways.”

For more information on Big Brother Big Sister programs, call

895-4562.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

Organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Truro Daily News

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