If you read my last blog entry, Learning to Solve Problems, you know that I’ve been going through a tough time financially and physically. Since I last posted, it’s gotten even tougher!
Last Monday, June 15th, while giving an outdoor cleaning estimate, I slipped on rain-wet deck steps and sprained my ankle. That has slowed me down in a variety of life areas, including writing blog posts. I’ve had much to try to keep up with while in a compromised physical state.
Before all of these events happened, I had been going through the process of becoming a Big Sister for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Illinois program.
One reason why I wanted to become a Big Sister is because I enjoyed having a biological big sister in the home when I was a child. It was fun having someone to play with me and take me places.
For that reason, I chose to become a Community-Based mentor which sounds like a lot of fun. I can take my Little to places and events in the community. I thought it would be good for me to have this scheduled fun time (6-8 hours/mo.) that also benefits someone else who might not normally have access to the kinds of activities that I can facilitate.
I have been in contact with Community Educator/ Case Manager Janet Plante letting her know how I’ve progressed with the application process. My next step will be to schedule a fingerprint background check.
Via email I asked Janet if I could help promote Big Brothers Big Sisters using social media in the meantime. She wrote back affirming that would be awesome and “Our focus right now is recruiting volunteers.” There are more Littles waiting for a Big than there are Bigs available to mentor them.
Couples can apply to mentor one Little. I think that’d be great for retirees who might want to offer a grandparent experience to a child between the ages of 6-16 who might not have any near.
Something else that I know I’ll be able to provide to a Little is life skills; how to not be stopped by adverse times that we all face and to stay in a resolution mindset as much as possible though that part can be challenging also.
If you feel that you have something to offer as a Big Brother or Big Sister, check out the info below from the program’s Facebook and FHN pages:
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northwest Illinois is a program of FHN Family Counseling Center, funded in part by United Way of Northwest Illinois Inc., Freeport Community Foundation and the Department of Human Services Division of Community Health & Prevention.
For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters, contact us at 815-599-7300.
Spread the word. Do what you can. Share this post. Thanks!