Big Brothers Big Sisters campaign will reunite former mentors, kids

The nonprofit mentoring organization Big Brothers Big Sisters has launched a nationwide campaign to reunite mentors and donors with the children and families they have worked with in the past.

The Start Something Again campaign coincides with the organization’s National Mentoring Month.

Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children facing adversity with long-term mentoring relationships. According to the organization, children, known as “littles,” linked with mentors are more likely than their peers to show improvement in school, their behavior and their self-esteem and aspirations.

Former mentors, known as “bigs,” donors and other volunteers can register online at www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org to join the alumni network. Throughout the year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will invite corporate partners to offer special offers and discounts. National alumni network members can also reconnect with their former bigs, littles, staff or board members and friends.

Colleen Haggerty, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington in Bellingham, said the local office was happy to be a part of the national reconnection effort.

“Alumni of Big Brothers Big Sisters know firsthand the benefits of mentoring and are the perfect partners to help Start Something Again in the Whatcom County area,” Haggerty said, in a press release.

More information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington’s involvement with the campaign, as well as information on how to register locally, is available online at www.bbbs-nw.org or by email at Lorim@bbbs-nw.org.

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