Local Big Brother, Big Sister Program needs volunteers

Clinton County has a problem … a problem we suspect some communities across the country face.

There are not enough adult volunteers to mentor children and young people as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.

While the county-subsidized program run by Clarissa Shirk and Kaylee Mulhollan has about 37 kids between the ages of 6 and 17 who are ready and need more adults in their lives, there are only 11 active volunteers.

Just 11.

Is it because of the lengthy application process?

What about the criminal background checks?

Not enough time?

Fear of spending one-on-one time with a child?

General apathy?

All of the above?

Yes, we’re being a little facetious, but one reality is that we’re failing our kids in need.

We’re not doing enough as a community.

The local agency pays for all background checks and screenings.

Required training will take just a few hours, and is also cost-free.

Folks, we’re talking about committing a small amount of time to take a child to a park, go fishing, go for a walk, go to a sports event, get an ice cream, ride bikes together or just talk.

Perhaps two to four hours a month.

The kids are mainly local.

They range in ages.

There are more boys than girls in the program.

They come from diverse families.

Your personality and interests are taken into account during the matching process.

“How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.” We love that quote by George Elliston, and today we implore more people to step forward and bring more kindness to our world.

When a community casts aside its children … those who are hurting, have a void in their lives and need the right kind of love … that community is doomed.

Please at least consider learning more.

Call Clarissa Shirk or Kaylee Mulhollan, BBBS coordinator and assistant coordinator, at 570-893-2585, Ext. 1, or send an email to bbbs@clintoncountypa.com

The office is at 8 N. Grove St., Suite 2, Lock Haven, Pa., 17745.

As our 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, said, “We can’t help everyone. But everyone can help someone.”

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