January was National Mentoring Month and in celebration of this proclamation, Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted a Mentor Appreciation Breakfast for the wonderful mentors that make our organization work. The breakfast was held at the Centerpoint Church, who kindly donated the facility for the morning, and the breakfast was prepared by the Community Men of Faith Group. These giving Men of Faith included Mike, Elliot and Cameron Reed, Gordon Graves, Hal Lowe, Duane Branson, Tom Zilhaver, Donnie Volger, Dale Piepenbrink, Jim, Dan and Tim Shepherdson and Malcolm Rodger. They gave up their Saturday morning to cook a delicious breakfast for the mentors and their mentees of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Also donating their time was Bign’s Irish Band. They generously gave their time to entertain all guests in attendance. Their fun and lively music made for a special and enjoyable event.
Our mission statement at Big Brothers Big Sisters is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-on-one relationships with measurable impact. We have measured this impact in Archuleta County and in 2010, 100 percent of parents in our program reported that they saw improvement in their child’s self confidence and 86 percent stated they saw improvements in their child’s academic performance, with 57 percent reporting an increase in their child’s ability to express their feelings.
We are constantly searching for volunteers to help at-risk children in Pagosa, and our main fund-raiser is Bowl for Kids’ Sake, which will be held this year on Saturday, March 26, at Rolling Thunder Lanes in Ignacio. Please go to bbig.org for more information or contact Maggie at 264-5077.
Thank you to Centerpoint Church, Community Men of Faith Group and Bign’s for all that they do for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado.