Mon October 7, 2013
Big Brothers Big Sisters Turning to Older Volunteers for Help
With hundreds of at-risk children on its waiting list to be paired with adult mentors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana has launched a program aimed at recruiting older volunteers.
With the help of Humana, which is studying the effects of volunteerism on well-being, Big Brothers Big Sisters has begun what it calls the Legacy Program, which seeks mentors 55 and older. The organization’s Kristen Milosevich says such pairings have already produced positive results.
"We found that our ‘bigs’ that are in this age population, their matches tend to last much longer. Our little brother and little sisters really benefit from the life experience and wisdom that a more mature volunteer can bring to the match relationship," Milosevich said.
She says volunteers typically meet up with the children they’re paired with a couple of times per month, but the program is flexible.