Since 1964, Big Brothers have been working to foster positive youth development by placing a caring adult in the life of a young person who can benefit from such involvement. Children ages 6-14 are matched with carefully screened adult volunteers who offer friendship and support for at least one year. This one to one mentoring relationship provides the additional acceptance and support needed for a child to grow into a healthy and productive adult. We serve a six county area including Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo (IN) and Clark (IL). Big Brothers Big Sisters has been active in facilitating a special program, "High School Bigs" in Brazil. During the school year, high school student serve as mentors to children from Meridian and Forest Park Elementary Schools.
Funding for our programming comes from the United Way, Special Events (Bowl For Kid's Sake), Corporate and Foundation grants and individual gifts.
Volunteers are a critical component of our service to children. Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for adult volunteers to share in the joy of mentoring a child. Volunteers can choose to mentor a child in a school or community center setting or to connect with a child in the community. Training and support are provided to each of the volunteers.
Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth, primarily through a professionally-supportive one-to-one relationship with a caring adult, and to assist them in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent, and caring individuals.
Big Brothers Big Sisters are in the need of new computers to better communicate with our volunteers and for better record-keeping of their programs.
For more information, or to volunteer to better serve the kids of Clay County, please call Deanna Smiley Gulliford at (812) 234-0709.