There are more than 500 children across the county waiting for a mentor, and most are boys in Lower Bucks.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County launched a campaign to find 100 matches in the next 100 days on Aug. 23 as part of its Community Based Program.
The children may be facing challenges like being raised in a single-parent home, coping with an incarcerated parent or having a mother or father deployed in the military. Being matched with an adult volunteer, or Big, can help the children gain greater self-confidence and set higher goals for the future.
“Bigs often tell us they get more out of the experience than they ever thought possible, and the impact of spending time with these kids has proven to contribute to healthier families, better schools, stronger communities and brighter futures for all,” said Ursula Razack, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County.
Potential volunteers may worry about having enough time, but most incorporate the child, their Little, into activities they already do.
There is an upcoming information session for those interested in volunteering on Aug. 30 at the Yardley branch of the Bucks County Library, 1080 Edgewood Rd., from 6 to 7 p.m.
For information, email Shannon@bbbsbc.org.