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Celebrating a BBBS Match

“BE SOMEONE WHO MATTERS

TO SOMEONE WHO MATTERS”

The Guidance Center’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program would like to recognize Big Kimberly Groll and Little Josie Johnson who recently celebrated their three-year match anniversary. Some of their favorite activities have included going to the beach, Waldameer Park, many geocaching adventures, board game nights, and sleepovers complete with mud masks. The pair recently took a special trip to Pittsburgh where they jumped at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, went to an art gallery, and spent the afternoon at the zoo.

Kimberly fondly looked back on how much fun Josie had always had going geocaching, especially when they took Kimberly’s dogs along. She added that Josie has always been open and honest with her, which has helped build the strong relationship they now have.  

Josie expressed her appreciation for Kimberly stating she can ‘talk about anything’ with her.

12 children in Elk County are in need of a volunteer mentor. Please call Big Brothers Big Sisters toll free at 1-877-776-1636 if you would like to learn more, or to attend Bowl For Kids Sake at Olympic Lanes on March 17th. Find us on Facebook at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson, Elk and McKean Counties and online at www.bbbs-jem.org.

 BBBS EC Johnson  Groll 3 year collage - cropped

 

The Guidance Center’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program would like to recognize Big Sister Brandy Schimp and Little Sister Ciara Wittenburg for reaching their seven-year match anniversary. Some of their favorite activities over the years have included going boating and tubing at Kinzua Reservoir, movie nights at the Kane Family Drive In, and planting flowers at Brandy’s house every Memorial Day. During their anniversary meeting, the match reminisced about their very first outing when they went roller-skating at Corbin’s Temple, and all the good talks they’ve had over dinner at Roma Gardens.  

Brandy and Ciara love to give back to the community and have in the past sent Christmas cards and care packages to overseas military personnel, made Christmas cookie care packages for friends and family, and participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters annual fundraiser, Bowl for Kids Sake, every year since they met.

Ciara and her mother, Sabrina Wittenburg, are appreciative of the strong bond and friendship the pair has formed. Brandy has been by Ciara’s side through many milestones in her life, such as going to her first snowball dance and prom, learning to drive, getting her first job, and most recently, turning eighteen. Ciara will graduate from Kane High School this year, and she has transformed from the shy, quiet girl Brandy first met, to a confident young adult.

27 children in McKean County are in need of a volunteer mentor. Please call Big Brothers Big Sisters toll free at 1-877-776-1636 or 814-887-5591 if you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor, or to participate at this year’s Bowl For Kids Sake event on April 7th. Find us on Facebook at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson, Elk and McKean Counties and online at www.bbbs-jem.org.

 

 BBBS MC Brandy  Ciara 7 year cropped

 

Big Kaitlin Smead, a criminal justice major at Pitt Bradford, and Little Sarina Alcock recently celebrated their one-year match anniversary. Some of their favorite activities over the past year have included going ice skating, hiking at Rock City Park, bowling, and supporting Sarina at her dance and sporting events. Sarina and Kaitlin also worked on their studies together as part of a match outing. As a result of the match relationship, Sarina has made gains with her self-esteem and connection to her community. Sarina and Kaitlin have formed a true friendship and are both looking forward to Sarina’s upcoming dance recital.    

33 children in McKean County are in need of a volunteer mentor. Please call Big Brothers Big Sisters toll free at 1-877-776-1636 or 814-887-5591 if you would like to learn more. Find us on Facebook at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson, Elk and McKean Counties and online at www.bbbs-jem.org.

 MC Sarina  Kaitlin 1 year

 

 

If you would like more information about volunteering to be a Big Brother or Big Sister, please contact our office at 814-371-0613, toll free at 1-877-776-1636, or contact us online.

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