I have been a Big Sister for just over three years with Santa Barbara County Big Brothers Big Sisters (a Santa Barbara Family Service Agency program). I could not have imagined the beautiful impact it would have on my life. I have watched my Little Sister of 11 years old go from very shy and quiet to showing such confidence and poise … she inspires me. I also have the joy of reliving some of my favorite childhood activities!

The ongoing support I have received has been extremely helpful, particularly as our relationship initially developed. Big Brothers Big Sisters does a remarkable job of matching “Bigs” with “Littles” through interests, backgrounds, and so on, assuring “matches” have favorite activities in common from the get-go.

With either one hour per week or two hours every other week, we all have the opportunity to make a lifelong impact on a child’s life — whether man or woman, single or couple, empty-nester or college student — all you have to know is what you like to do for fun! You will be matched with a child with your interests — which turns into changing a child’s life, for good. Join me in supporting our local children for National Volunteer Week!


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