“Bigs” needed

By Joel Kraushaar

On Saturday, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Muscatine hosted The Big Duck Drop, a fundraising event. Ducks raced down Chick Creek at Saulsbury Park in a fun way for folks to raise money for the cause and support BBBS. BBBS Director Lindsey Phillips organized a successful event, but as the school year kicks off, over sixty children in Muscatine are in need of a “Big” mentor. “We have a need right now to find mentors,” said Phillips. “We need folks who are willing to take the time to come and hang out with these kids.” BBBS school programs involve going to school and reading with the student, or having lunch. “We train the mentors and give them all the programs they need to provide a positive experience for the child.”

The mission statement of BBBS reads: “Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one to one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” Volunteers can fill this void. “I think there is a misconception that we are always looking for the upper-management, CEO-type of volunteer. That is most certainly not the case. We need quality people who have the ability to spend time with these kids and build quality relationships,” Phillips added.

For more information on how to become a mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Muscatine, call the Muscatine Community YMCA at (563) 263-9996.