Volunteering is Fun, Big Time

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.

FUN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister volunteer is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.

From: Ana M. Cedeno, President & CEO
Subject Line: Important Updates from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward

I hope this communication finds you well. It has been a long couple of months! We appreciate everyone's flexibility and commitment to keeping communication for their match going. We also appreciate your patience as we sorted out the decision to resume in-person activities. We wanted to make sure that COVID-19 numbers didn't spike with restrictions loosening up in the State. At this time, we feel that the numbers have stabilized enough for us to proceed with a soft "re-opening" of in-person activities.

Starting on May 30th, 2020, you may resume a modified version of in-person match activities with your Little. The modifications include gaining verbal permission from your Little's Parent/Guardian regarding the match activity planned as well as completion of the waivers seen below this communication. Both waivers must be returned before in-person contact can take place. Scanning/emailing the waiver back to your Match Support Specialist is permissible. Electronic signatures are also sufficient. Earlier today, a large envelope with both waivers was taped to the door of the office with an empty envelope for completed waivers. We can also mail the waivers out with a return envelope if you prefer. Please communicate with your Match Support Specialist your intentions.

Match parties should adhere to CDC guidelines when meeting. These guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Maintaining a social distance from others (6 ft.) when possible
• Wearing a cloth face covering when in public and when social distancing is not possible
• Avoid gathering in groups and large crowds
• Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
• If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
• Routinely disinfect commonly touched surfaces including those in your vehicle.
• Avoiding contact with others if you or someone you have been in contact with is ill or has a confirmed case of COVID-19

If you are in need of hand sanitizer or face masks, please let us know. We have a small supply that we can offer at this time.

We continue to encourage virtual contact with your Little as well. If you do not feel comfortable meeting with your Little, do not feel pressured to do so. Some additional suggestions for modified meetings include having your Little's Parent/Guardian provide transportation to a trail or open space where you can remain at a social distance and avoid the close contact that is inevitable in a vehicle. You may also visit with your Little outside their home in the driveway, yard, or porch.

Thank you for all that you do. You all are AMAZING and we are so proud of the support you have continued to provide to your Little during this difficult time. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

With gratitude,

Ana M Cedeno

The Commitment:

Life is busy. Commitment can be daunting. Big Brothers Big Sisters offers a volunteer opportunity in your area that is flexible and fulfilling at the same time.

Our one-to-one mentoring model asks for parents, children and volunteers to give a 12 month commitment to develop a life-changing mentor relationship. Each month we ask that our Bigs and Littles spend a minimum of 4 hours a month together. So let’s look at the break down:
– 12 months x 4 hours = 48 hours
– In the span of one full year we are asking for what equates to two days of quality time to change the life of a child for the better, forever.

Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big Brother or Big Sister today. There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?

What Types of Things Can You do Together?

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Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.


Did You Know?

Volunteering is good for your health!! 

Improvement of cardiovascular health:

Volunteering can lower your blood pressure and improve heart problems. Studies showed that volunteers with a history of heart problems had reduced chest pain and lower cholesterol levels compared with non-volunteers. 

Better Mental Functioning

Concerned about preserving your brain power as you age? An increase in cognitive (mental) functioning is yet another potential benefit of volunteering.

Overall mind and body improvement.

Volunteers have been shown to have reduced anxiety and depression and an overall sense of well-being. Volunteers have also been found to recover more quickly from surgery, sleep better, and have healthier immune systems compared to people who do not volunteer