#Activate10: Big Brothers Big Sisters raising money to match 24 local kids

(Fremont County) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wyoming is a program that hits close to home for County 10. Just down the hall, BBBS youth (aka ‘Littles’) gather weekly at MakerSpace 307 to challenge their creativity and learn new skills. That is how we came to learn more about the non-profit and their current need for donations.

BBBS of Wyoming is a statewide non-profit that facilitates safe, positive mentoring relationships for our local youth. It is through these role models (aka Bigs), that children are generally more academically engaged, are less likely to use drugs and alcohol, and get along better with their families and peers.

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According to Kara Hancock, BBBS of Wyoming’s program lead, “We currently have 27 active matches in Fremont County, with 24 kids in the process of getting Bigs, and 18 Bigs in the volunteer enrollment process.”

However, due to a low staff capacity, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wyoming is unable to expand their services to additional families and communities; Lander being one of them. “It costs approximately $1,000 to enroll and support a Match for an entire year,” explained Hancock.

To meet demand and further expand BBBS services in Fremont County they are actively seeking donations.

Funds will be used to support existing matches, recruit additional volunteers and families, complete thorough volunteer background checks, provide activities for matches and ready-to-be matched volunteers and kids, and provide family engagement activities.

Hancock concluded by saying, “Supporting mentoring is an investment in the future of your community. Mentors can make a huge difference in the life of a young person and help them find the path to their biggest possible future.”

You can find more information at wyobbbs.org.

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