By Karen Schloss
• Can you give four to six hours of free time a month?
• Is having fun and sharing your interests or hobbies something you would enjoy?
• Does giving back to the Jewish community appeal to you?
• Do you know about Jewish Big Brother Big Sister, a program of Jewish Community Services (JCS)?
Scott Jacobi answered, “yes” to all of the above and contacted JCS to learn more about becoming a volunteer mentor.
Our program appealed to him and Scott made the one-year commitment to become a Big Brother. He was matched with a 7-year-old boy who lost his father when he was 3-years-old. They’re having fun and benefitting from this mutually rewarding friendship. Scott is sharing his love of animals, hiking and computers. Jason is excited to have new experiences with a great guy whose big heart and compassion have opened his world.
Children and teens who have Big Brothers or Big Sisters are less likely to drop out of school, less likely to use alcohol and drugs and more likely to have positive relationships.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters are provided with an orientation, trainings, free passes for museums, movies, mini-golf, the Science Center, the Jewish Community Center, and more. In addition, ongoing support during your match relationship is available.