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Being a Big Brother brings big rewards
Big Brother Kyle helps Little Brother Brent throw out the first pitch at a Keene Swamp Bats game last summer.
Posted: Keene Sentinel - Monday, February 24, 2014 4:20 pm | Updated: 4:27 pm, Mon Feb 24, 2014.
Being a Big Brother brings big rewards By Kyle Jarvis
About a year and a half ago, I was thinking about volunteering. I didn’t know how or where, I just knew it was something I wanted to do.
Then I remembered hearing ads on the radio for Big Brothers Big Sisters. It sounded like a great opportunity. I’d grown up as an only child, and had always longed to play that “big brother” role.
I made some calls and set up an interview, and within a few weeks, I was introduced to my new Little Brother, an 8-year-old boy from Keene. He was a little guarded at first, but I understood why. He didn’t know me from a random guy on the street. But I also knew this was something he wanted to do, because his mother signed him up for the program.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the most important fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. It is a campaign to raise funds and awareness in support of providing children facing adversity with volunteer mentors who help them improve their lives. The campaign is comprised of eight bowling events in March, April and May, bringing individuals and organizations together to have fun while also securing needed pledges of support. Bowling events will occur in Keene, Peterborough and Claremont so it will be regional in scope. Click register to start fundraising.
Appointment of Hugh Alexander as an AmeriCorps VISTA
Keene, NH, December 16, 2013 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western New Hampshire is pleased to announce the appointment of Hugh Alexander as its AmeriCorps VISTA. AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time staff members to nonprofits and community organizations to create and expand programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.