HOUSTON – It’s called “30 men in 30 days”. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston is calling for more male volunteers to help young men and boys who need mentors.
Nearly 700 children across Houston are now on the organization’s waiting list, and more than 70% are boys.
The organizers said volunteers can help change the lives of so many young people.
“I thought I was going to make a big difference in someone’s life, and it turned out they made a bigger difference in mine,” said Big Brother Bradley Dennison.
Bradley Dennison from Houston has been a big brother for nearly 20 years. He started volunteering in college and says it changed his life.
“There were so many things that I took for granted. Before I met Reginald, my first little one, and then Timothy, and now Reggie, I appreciate a lot more things now, ”Dennison said.
One of Dennison’s “little brothers”, Timothy, was in sixth grade when they were compared. Dennison says he soon found out that Timothy was having trouble reading. Dennison helped him read and write. Timothy excelled and eventually graduated from college with an exceptional GPA.
“Our main relationship was with Timothy, we’d grown together when he was in sixth grade, his grades weren’t great, but I could see that there really was a spark of intelligence there. We gradually worked to improve his reading skills and eventually graduated from college with an 8.9 GPA, ”Dennison said.
Timothy is now a local teacher working on his Masters degree.
Big Brothers Big Sisters in Houston is now working to bring hundreds more children together with a mentor. The organization launched the “30 men in 30 days” initiative to attract more men to volunteer and mentor boys in need.
“You hear that word mentoring, it may be a little intimidating, but it just depends. These kids live through their childhood and just hang out with someone, ”Dennison said.
Volunteers are asked to spend time with their little brother at least twice a month. You can do all sorts of activities, such as going to the park, playing sports, or learning new skills. Right now, more than 500 boys across Houston are waiting for a big brother in the hope that the big men of this city will show up and give something back.
“Yeah, come on guys, we can do a better job because there are a lot of great kids and we can really make a huge difference in their lives,” Dennison said.
“We need men in this great city who stand up as volunteer mentors and defend the God-given potential of more than 500 boys who have their hands on our waiting list right now. This program is an amazing way to make a difference, and the truth is it will forever change the lives of our volunteers for the better, ”said Pierce Bush, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star.
A longtime Big Brothers Big Sisters supporter Lance McCullers Jr. helped launch the campaign by sponsoring a back-to-school haircut event.
“I believe that trust can lead to success. With so many odds against our kids, something as simple as a haircut and a new backpack could mean the difference between a head held high or low. I want our kids to hold their heads up, ”said Lance McCullers Jr., Houston Astros pitcher.
BBBS will host public virtual briefings, a big social and a barbershop takeover to raise awareness.
Visit www.bbbstx.org/30in30 to learn more and to sign up.
Groups or organizations interested in supporting or participating in the 30 Men in 30 Days Campaign can contact Carlee Morgan, Director of Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The campaign runs until September 20th.
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