Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA (BBBS SEPA) recently moved one of their local offices into the Eagleview community. “We were looking for a larger, more convenient office space, and this fit the bill,” commented Judy Spangler, Chief Program Officer for the organization. “We already have several great corporate partnerships in Chester County, like Bentley Systems and QVC, and are excited to get to know our new neighbors. We are planning an open house this summer to get the word out about the impact our program has in this community and hope to build new corporate partnerships and find new volunteer mentors.” Big Brothers Big Sisters’ one-to-one mentoring changes the trajectory for at-risk children. Youth in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs; 27% less likely to begin using alcohol; and 52% less likely to skip school.
The organization is looking for volunteers to be matched with the 1,000+ children they have on their waiting list, many of whom reside in Chester County. Spending just a few hours, twice a month with a child can make a big impact. You don’t need to be perfect or spend a lot of money to be a good mentor. You can do the things you’d normally do, like run errands, play basketball, cook or visit a park. Just spending one-on-one time with a child who needs an extra friend has been proven to make a difference.
In Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, nearly 3,000 children annually are more successful socially and academically because of the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA 760 Constitution Drive, Suite 1 Eagleview Corporate Center | Exton, PA 215.790.9200 | bbbssepa.org