FARGO – Big Brothers Big Sisters, a program of The Village Family Service Center, will hold meet-and-greet events at Junkyard Brewing and Fargo Brewing Co. this fall to encourage people to volunteer as mentors in its school and community programs.
These mentors, called “Bigs,” spend about four hours a month with their “Little.” Bigs and Littles in the school-based programs at Madison and Jefferson Elementary in Fargo and Moorhead’s Robert Asp Elementary in Moorhead meet at the child’s school for an hour a week during the school year. Community-based matches are year-round, and include at least two monthly visits.
“That extra attention and an adult making a commitment to these kids can have such a huge impact on their lives,” says Susan Smith, director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Village.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has a waiting list of about 50 children in the Fargo-Moorhead area for the community-based program. An additional 40 to 50 school-based volunteers are likely needed for the 2017-18 year. “We need people to step forward and make a difference,” Smith says.
Volunteers must be 18 years old and willing to make a one-year commitment to the program. Big Brothers Big Sisters staff complete reference and background checks and provide ongoing support of the match. For more information or to volunteer as a Big, call (701) 451-4877 or visit www.BBBSFargo.org.
The meet-and-greet events are as follows:
- 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, Junkyard Brewing, 1416 1st Ave. S., Moorhead
- 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, Fargo Brewing Co., 610 University Drive N., Fargo
The Village is based in Fargo and has offices in 15 communities across North Dakota and Minnesota. Its programs and services include counseling, addiction treatment, in-home family therapy, mentoring, adoption services, pregnancy counseling, truancy intervention, financial counseling, employee assistance programs, and business training.
The Village’s mission is to improve the quality of life through services designed to strengthen individuals, families, and organizations.
We are accredited by the Council on Accreditation and are a United Way Community Partner.