Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC Seeking 100 Volunteers

On Aug. 30, local nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina will be launching their most expansive recruitment drive to date: “100 Mentors in 100 Days” with a kick-off event at Hi-Wire’s Brewing’s Big Top location in Biltmore Village.

The event is family-friendly and open to the public.

Currently, throughout the agency’s ten-county service area, there are over 100 children waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister, and due to a constant shortage of mentors, these kids often wait a year before they are finally matched. During the 100-day period starting August 30 and running up to December 8, BBBS’ goal is to provide each of these children with a long-term friend and role model by recruiting at least 100 volunteer mentors as ‘Bigs.’

Qualifying mentors will be professionally matched with a child who shares their interests and personalities to ensure an enduring relationship that will both offer ‘Littles’ the support they need, and reward Bigs with the experience of being an integral part of that young person’s growth and success.

National research has shown that, when compared to their non-mentored peers, Littles show improved performance in school, increased self-confidence and reduced risky behaviors.

The official 100 Mentors in 100 Days kick-off party, sponsored by Hi-Wire Brewing and Foothills Local Meats, is slated for Wednesday, Aug. 30, 6-7 p.m. at Hi-Wire’s Big Top location at 2 Huntsman Place, in Biltmore Village.

The party will feature charcuterie boards from Foothills Local Meats and the option to purchase Hi-Wire’s assortment of brews. BBBS will be screening their brand new “Be One Of The 100” recruitment video and unveiling their new 100 Mentors in 100 Days recruitment webpage, and current Big Brothers and Big Sisters will speak about their experiences mentoring. Staff, board members and current volunteers will be available to connect and answer questions.

Call Martha Barksdale at 828 273-3601 for more information.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.