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Big Brothers Big Sisters’ campaign aims to recruit mentors

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benf | 04/28/14

Ashley is mother in Madera who signed her child, Taylor, up for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program so that her son could have more time with a male influence. She describes Taylor, 7, as “a smart boy who likes to learn and is very curious and energetic.” He is a very “hands on” kind of person and enjoys activities like drawing or playing with Legos. Ashley is hopeful that there is someone in the community to spend some time with Taylor to do the things that she can’t always do with him and teach him how to be more independent.

Throughout the month of May, and in honor of Mother’s Day, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California is highlighting mothers who believe a mentor for their children is among a mom’s greatest gift.

The mentoring program’s “All She Wants for Mother’s Day” campaign will raise awareness and funds to help the organization match more than 30,000 children nationally — mostly sons and grandsons of single mothers — who are on Big Brothers Big Sisters’ “waiting-to-be-matched” lists and thousands of others who could benefit from a mentor.

Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California has more than 150 children in the five counties it serves who are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Sister…


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