Big Brothers Big Sisters of NH needs volunteers

MANCHESTER – Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire is recruiting mentors across the state.

"Our Littles need mentors. It’s that simple," said Melissa Goerbig, vice president of programs. "There are current­ly about 300 children who are on our waiting list who need a mentor in their lives – vol­unteers who can give as little as four hours a month to a child in need."

In January, the four BBBS agencies in the state merged to become Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire. Goerbig said the merger has put the agency in the position of being able to serve even more children in the state with greater efficiency while maintaining high-quality programs.

There is no question that quality is at the heart of ev­erything BBBSNH does; in fact, it was recently presented with the 2015 Quality Award by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in recognition of its superior community pro­gramming.

Goerbig said a good Big is anyone who is looking to be a positive role model and make a difference in the life of a child through fun, friend­ship and support. The vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters is that all children succeed in life. Children with mentors gain higher aspirations and greater confidence, as well as learn to form better relation­ships.

There are two programs that volunteers can become a part of: the community-based program and the school site-based program.

In the community-based program, Bigs meet with their Littles in the commu­nity for about two to four hours two to four times a month. They can go to the mall, sporting events or just hang out and talk in the park.

The most important part of any match is simply being there for the child.

In the site-based program, through a partnership be­tween a child’s school, after-school program or local busi­ness and BBBBS, Bigs can visit with their Littles at a business or school with on-site supervision. Bigs provide that extra attention, have fun and even help with home­work.

There is no cost to the vol­unteer or to the child’s family to participate in BBBS pro­grams.

For more information about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, visit bbbsnh.org.