Debbie loves children, so becoming a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Union County was a perfect fit.
Debbie and her little sister, Izzy, were first matched through BBBS's school based mentoring. The two met when Izzy was in
first grade and immediately made a connection. Matches meet once a week and focus on social/emotional development as well as academic needs.
But once a week wasn’t quite enough for this duo! They became involved with BBBS’s Community-Based Program which allows them to spend time together outside of school. Debbie attends Izzy's extra-curricular events, takes her shopping or to the library. Sometimes they even paint their own pottery.
“It’s good for her (Izzy) when things are different at home, it get her out and lets her mind do other things,” Debbie said, “It’s good for my heart and I love her.”
Debbie said it’s with help from the United Way that BBBS can provide the programming and support for the school based mentoring.
“United Way is good because it lets me see Debbie almost every day,” Izzy said.
Izzy is one of 7,848 children in 2018 who directly benefitted from United Way dollars designated for Childhood and Youth Success programs in Union County. Because of United Way funding Debbie and Izzy were able to make a perfect match.