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How to Support The Village on Giving Hearts Day
Giving Hearts Day 2018 is February 8
We live in a generous place. We see it every day. Neighbors shovel for neighbors. Strangers open doors. When there's a need in the community, community members meet it. This generousity and concern for one another is embodied by Giving Hearts Day . Now in its 11th year, this 24-hour...
Karl and Ervin: 'He's Become Like a Real Brother to Me'
Karl has been Ervin's Big Brother since Ervin was in second grade.
Ervin didn’t like reading. So every week, Karl would come to his school, sit with him, and help him with the words. That’s what a Big Brother does. He shows up. Every time. Six years later, Karl still shows up for Ervin. “He’s helped me get through the hard times,...
Little Beginnings Lead to BIG Potential
Big Brothers Big Sisters logo
Po·ten·tial (pə-ten-chəl): Having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future What can we do to light the spark of potential in the lives of kids in our community who, through no fault of their own, may not be facing the best life circumstances? How...
12 Tips for the Best Family Vacation Yet
Parents pull luggage through an airport
The family vacation: At its best, it's a wonderful bonding experience and a fond memory for years to come. At its worst, well, they made a movie about that ... (cue "Holiday Road") Whether it's a spring break getaway or a big summer road trip that you're already looking forward...
'The Village Offered Me Help and Hope I Didn’t Know Existed'
Chalkboard drawing shows the transition from a sad face to happy.
For The Village's counselors and service providers, a job well done means a life has been changed, sometimes even saved. Whether that change comes about through therapy , treatment for addiction , adoption services , financial counseling , or being matched with a Big Brother or Sister , lives are...