Big Brothers Big Sisters in Need of More Big Brothers

WICHITA FALLS, TX - For two and a half years, Big Brothers Big Sisters Board Chair, Nick Schreiber has also been a big brother to his little, Gavin.

As his mentor -- Schreiber spends at least four hours a month with gavin.

"My goal with Gavin is to always call him back.... to always talk to him and always be there. And I want him to have a foundation -- in his life outside of his family that he lives with currently -- I want him to have a foundation in his life where he has somebody that he can lean on and depend on," Schreiber said.

However, locally, big brothers like Schreiber are seemingly hard to come by.

"It hurts me knowing that these children are just waiting for a mentor and of the over 100 kids on our waiting list -- so many are young boys just wanting a mentor in their life. Why there's not more big brothers? I don't know," Schreiber said.

Because of that shortage of volunteers -- boys typically wait a year to two years to be paired with a mentor.

"There's just a real need out there. The majority of the calls we get at our office here locally are a grandparent, a single parent.... raising a young boy who does not have that role model in his life," recruitment manager, Vicki McCann, said.

Which is why they are hosting the 'Man Up and Mentor' campaign until June 15, trying to recruit at least 20 new big brothers.

"And that is our opportunity to just get the awareness out in the community. I mean we're out there all of the time, but this is a very specific need to an on-going need that we have to get more boys matched on our waiting list. 'Cause they typically wait longer," McCann said.

Since the campaign kicked off at the first of the month, they have already received about five applicants, which means a handful of boys in Wichita County will soon have a big brother they can spend time with and look up to-- just as Gavin does with his big, Schrieber.

Women can mentor boys, but can only be matched with boys up to a certain age.

Click HERE for more details on how to apply. 


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