Bothers Big Sisters of Abilene is a branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters of
America that strives to provide every child in Abilene with the opportunity to
succeed and thrive in life. The
organization works to pair children facing adversity with adult mentors who can
shape their lives for the better.
Citizens of Abilene have a wonderful opportunity to become a volunteer
for Big Brothers Big Sisters and make a positive difference in a child’s life.
students at Hardin-Simmons University are already involved with Big Brothers
Big Sisters. However, with 108 kids
currently on the waiting list, the organization is always looking for new
volunteers to grow their program.“Being
a Big has helped me to become accountable and learn valuable time-management
skills,” Emily Fitzhugh, Hardin-Simmons student and Big Sister, said. “I
look forward to meeting with my little every week, and I know how important it
is to her that I come see her. We have
so much fun together.”
those wanting to get involved with the organization, there are two types of
programs to choose from. The first
option is the Lunch Buddies Program. As a Big, one would meet with his or her
Little about once a week but at least twice a month at the Little’s school
during lunch time. This program is highly
recommended for college students because it requires only a small time
commitment but still creates a huge impact for both Bigs and Littles.
second option for volunteers is the community-based program. This program requires a time commitment of two
to four times per month. As a Big, one
goes to his or her Little’s home and picks them up for a few hours to do
various activities throughout the community such as going to the YMCA or seeing
programs are great options for anyone who is serious about volunteering for Big
Brothers Big Sisters and making a difference for a child as a mentor.
a Big Brother or Big Sister simply means being a friend and a good listener. It
means that you’re helping an Abilene child create a future story full of hope
and enthusiasm,” said Jamie Bearden, Big Brothers Big Sisters Public Relations
Director and Big Sister.
organization is a Hardin-Simmons University approved volunteer partner, so
students can receive hour-for-hour chapel credit for their participation. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact
Jamie Bearden at 325-674-3113 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the
organization’s website at bbbstx.org.