GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lafayette is in need of quite a few good men this month. The organization, which is currently in its 46th year, has launched 28 Men in May.
It’s a campaign to recruit more male mentors for boys age 11 to 15. According to BBBS, more than 70 percent of the children waiting for a “Big” are boys, but only 4 out of every ten volunteer inquiries come from men.
Peggy Bylund and Courtney Schmidt, both of BBBS, appeared on News 18 This Morning to discuss how volunteering only a few hours a week can make a big impact.
“We hear people say that they don’t have enough time, or that they might not be old enough or too young. What we find is that it only takes a couple of hours a week to make a difference for the child. You have to be at least 19, and there’s no maximum age limit,” said Bylund.
Schmidt added, “It broadens their horizons. It shows them opportunities that they might not even know exist. I think the biggest impact is that they have someone to hang out with.”
BBBS asks all interested men, who are at least 19 years old, to either call the office at 765-446-2227 or go to the BBBS website for volunteer information.