Giving back to the community can be easy and fun. Hundreds of people in
the Abilene area are taking the time to volunteer for local non-profits.
Now that college is back in session here in Abilene, several students
are finding the time to volunteer for non-profit organizations, such as
Big Brothers Big Sisters.
"I moved to Abilene about a year ago from Fort Worth. I love
volunteering and I love kids so I was just looking for a way to get
plugged in," says Big Sister Heather Lam.
It was bring your little to work day and I had the chance to bring my little sister, Kyrsten of over two years to KRBC.
"At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we are so grateful for our partnership
with our local universities. In 2010, we served 933 children and more
than half of those children were matched with a college student
volunteer," says Big Brothers Big Sisters Public Relations Director,
Abilene's Big Brothers Big Sisters program is moving into bigger accommodations.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters organization is not only helping to keep kids active and involved, it's also teaching them the importance of volunteering.
This year, 933 children in Abilene have been matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister, through the local non-profit organization. However, there are still many children on the waiting list.
"I thought it was gonna be a really good opportunity. I'm looking to kind of get some life skills for children in the future," said Benjamin Glynn.
Tyler Lewis is no stranger to community service, and now he is making an even bigger impact just by investing in a child's life.
"He's had a tremendous impact on me. He really kind of helps me stay young", says Tim Yandell.
Big Brother Seth Tate is a student at Hardin-Simmons University, and despite a demanding college schedule he still finds the time to be a mentor to Little Brother, Jonathan Castaneda.
"Well spending the four years with Sarah has been the time of my life," says Kandice Rodriguez.
The program is looking for Abilene adults from all walks of life.
Changes are in store for the Abilene Independent School District to ensure schools are at their highest potential for student learning.
Only a select few are chosen to be part of a unique Big Brothers Big Sisters program, called Pals.
In this week's Brittany's Bigs, we have a Big Brother Little Brother match.
Stephanie Johnson finds the time to makes a big difference in the lives of local youth within the community, even though she's a deployment manager for the Air Force at Dyess Air Force Base.
Big Sis Lisa Mertz and Lil Sis Jennifer Addington enjoy being goofy together and are all about having a good time.
Now that school is in session throughout the Big Country, there are over 100 children on the waiting list for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lunch Buddy Program.
KRBC's Brittany Pelletz highlights a big brother-little brother match this week about what they have both gained from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
For those that think they don't have enough time to participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, meet this 80-year-old "big" who makes it work.