Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate is in need of men to volunteer. Right now, sixty boys are on the waiting list to be matched up with a big brother. Some have been waiting nearly a year.
The organization works with hundreds of kids across the Upstate in Anderson, Greenville, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg counties.
Chief Executive Officer Lamont Sullivan says kids who get involved and have a mentor and the support of a big brother or sister are less likely to skip school and less likely to use drugs and alcohol.
Sullivan says he’s seen lives changed.
“No matter where you are in life, you’ve always had to have someone that you can look to to give you some personal strength and some pats on the back and a shoulder to cry on,” Sullivan said. “Someone to believe in you as you go along life’s journey. So just having a role model to see the best in you when you don’t feel the best or to give you a little bit of inspiration when you lack that, it’s just another incentive for that person to be able to push forward and continue to work hard so they can continue to accomplish all their goals.”
Sullivan says they are also in need of somen to volunteer. It takes a time commitment of about six hours a month.
For more information on how to volunteer or enroll a child, visit their website: http://www.bbbs.org