FRIDAY FOCUS: Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters program vision is for all children to achieve success in life. They work towards this vision by providing mentors to children who face adversity and need a caring and supportive relationship in their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a role model, a friendship and a bond to these children that will ultimately change their lives for the better. In this week’s Friday Focus we caught up with Michelle Hedrich, Executive Director, Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters and learned about one of their favorite moments and some upcoming events. Learn the many ways you can get involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters!

 Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)

The Big Brother Big Sister program invests in children who live in adverse circumstances by providing one-to-one mentors to help them succeed. Our program recruits, screens, interviews, trains and provides ongoing support to the child, the volunteer, and the child’s family.  We match children (“Littles”), ages 6-13, with adult volunteer mentors (“Big”) who then meet on a consistent schedule a couple of hours a week in the community or at school.  We strive to develop the whole child through mentor activities that include educational, athletic, social and civic experiences.  Mentors inspire children to take proactive steps to reach their potential.  Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters (RBBBS) serves all of Planning District 16 (City of Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline) and is part of the nation’s largest volunteer mentoring network. National Standards of Practice guide our mentoring model that is research-based and scientifically proven to achieve an improved quality of life for youth and for the community in which they live.

Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?

 As told by one of our “Littles”: “Mr. Bruce has helped me to develop my self-confidence and recognize my talents. He has supported me by giving me ideas for paths for my future.  He had been in the Navy and travelled the world and explained what an amazing opportunity that was for him.  I am currently in the Navy ROTC at school so that I too may have an opportunity to perhaps join the Navy. I also am involved with the Family Career Community Leaders of America Club and the Future Business Leaders of America group at school.  When I grow up, I want to be a Big Brother so I can be a role model.”

Q: What is your biggest challenge?

Recruiting male mentors!

Q: Are there any upcoming events?

Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters is gearing up for Bowl For Kids’ Sake our annual signature fundraising event on March 4 & 5.  Register your four-person team of co-workers, family or friends and raise money that will change a child’s life forever. It is a great opportunity to get together for a few hours of fun while making a difference for kids. We will provide food, refreshments, and two hours of bowling to celebrate the impact your team made!

Bowling times : Saturday, March 4th @ 12:00 Saturday, March 4th @ 2:00 Sunday, March 5th @ 1:00

Go to Bowl for Kids’ to register your team or to become a sponsor. Online fundraising makes it easy to support mentoring!

Q: How can people get involved with your organization?

  1. LIKE us on FACEBOOK – Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters
  2. Be a Mentor – Volunteer as a Big Brother or Big Sister one or two hours a week
  3. Be an Advocate for mentoring by:
  • Encouraging others to volunteer
  • Become a monthly online donor for as little as $10 or $25
  • Schedule a BBBS presentation at your office, civic group or church
  1. Be a Sponsor and/or Attendee of our fundraising events to support mentoring:
  • Bowl for Kids’ Sake – March
  • Virginia Gentlemen’s Spring Dance – April
  • Golf for Kids’ Sake – June
  • SantaCon – December
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