ASBURY PARK, NJ — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey (BBBSCNNJ) is seeking volunteers to mentor 120 children on their waiting list across 10 counties. BBBSCNNJ offers one-to-one mentoring programs where local youth connect with a caring adult and build a meaningful friendship.
“The children on our waiting list are hoping for a mentor to be a positive role model and trusted friend,” said William Salcedo, Executive Director of BBBSCNNJ. “Volunteering makes a big impact on a child’s life and creates memories they will cherish for life.”
Big Sister Carolyn has been incredibly supportive to her Little Sister Fernanda in recent months. The two stay connected through video calls, and Carolyn has helped Fernanda rise above her mental health struggles in quarantine. After Fernanda missed her friend’s birthday party that was cancelled, Carolyn boosted Fernanda’s mood by sharing that she’s not alone in her loneliness and encouraging her to journal her feelings, watch a funny movie, and help her mom around the house to distract her mind. Carolyn’s positive presence has transformed Fernanda’s outlook, and the pair are just one example of how mentorship changes lives. From emotional support to the joy of having a trusted friend in their corner, Bigs provide the stability that youth need to achieve their full potential.
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Children need mentors now more than ever, and BBBSCNNJ is continuing to train volunteers and create new matches virtually. Mentoring a child only takes a few hours each month, and the experience enriches the volunteer as much as the child. Interested volunteers can apply to become a Big at www.mentornj.org and are welcome to join BBBSCNNJ staff for free “Lunch & Learn” webinars on Thursday, June 25 and Thursday, July 23 at 12:00pm to learn more. Email [email protected] to register for the webinar.
For the past 44 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey has been making a positive difference in the lives of at-risk children through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships with adult volunteers. BBBSCNNJ empowers children to achieve their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent, and caring individuals. For more information on becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister or to make a donation, visit: www.mentornj.org