Not everyone has the same opportunities.
What children become when they grow up has a lot to do with the examples that are set for them and the role models they have as a child.
“We’re helping to even out that playing field a little bit,” said Sylvia Hawkins, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central West Virginia, one of the 21 member agencies of the United Way of Marion County.
BBBS is a national organization that helps match adult volunteers with children from single-parent families, creating bonds that can last for life.
“It’s just been a good experience overall,” said Heather Moebus, who has been matched with her current Little Sister, Martha, for two years now. She said it’s about “helping kids through what they need helped through.”
Big Brothers and Big Sisters spend time doing everyday activities with their Little Brothers or Little Sisters.
“People say that they don’t have time, but it’s not about that,” Moebus said. “Any time you can give is good.”
In the past few months, she and Martha have done projects like carve pumpkins for Halloween or spend a day at the Wow Factory in Morgantown, but some days they may cook s’mores in a firepit or sit at home and play video games or board games. Martha said she has fun no matter what they do.
“It’s just a matter of doing things that you enjoy doing,” Hawkins said, “with a child along.”
When it comes to spending time with her Little Sister, she said, “my whole family gets involved.”
Martha is Moebus’ second Little Sister. Her first, whom she spent three years with, is 17 now, and Moebus said they still keep in touch.
Big Brothers Big Sisters evens playing field for children
Not everyone has the same opportunities.
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Make-A-Wish sending young cerebral palsy patient to Texas theme park
Even through 10 surgeries and countless doctor appointments during his 11 years of life, Malachi Parker has kept a smile on his face.
“When he would wake up after his surgeries, he would still be smiling,” Sue Godfrey, Malachi’s aunt, said.
‘Pretty exciting day’ coming at Legislature
The first session of the eighty-first West Virginia Legislature is finally winding down.
Legislators will be meeting for the final day of the regular session Saturday. The session will run until late into the night, with the session finally ending at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
State rocket teams in national competition
West Virginia students are currently working on rockets that could potentially take them into the top 100 teams across America as part of the 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge.
Seven hundred teams in 48 states, Washington, D.C.. and the Virgin Islands, including teams from Morgantown, Fairmont, Martinsburg, Glenville, Chapmanville, Inwood, Weston, Farmington and Paw Paw, must build a model rocket that can travel 825 feet in the air and come back down again in 48-50 seconds.
Grant application for Tulip Lane approved by West Virginia Development Office
Improvements are on the way for a heavily traveled road in Pleasant Valley.
During Wednesday’s Marion County Commission meeting, Charlie Reese, director of the Marion County Development Authority, told commissioners the grant application for $150,000 for the Industrial Park Access Road Fund has been approved by the West Virginia Development Office.
Colfax closer to better water, sewer system
Residents in the Colfax area are one step closer to a better water and sewer system.
During a public hearing with the Marion County Commission on Wednesday, commissioners made a motion to sponsor the Colfax Public Service District as it applies for a Small Cities Block Grant.
House Resolution asks EPA to take coal-producing states and their needs into account
Monday the West Virginia House of Delegates unanimously adopted House Resolution 13, which asks the EPA to take coal-producing states and their particular energy and economic needs and priorities into account when developing and setting new carbon dioxide emissions guidelines.
Monongah man in critical but stable condition
A Monongah man, Brian Coleman, is in critical but stable condition at the West Penn Burn Center after his home caught fire.
According to Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy D. Wheeler, the Colemans and one of their grandchildren evacuated the home when they noticed the fire. Brian Coleman then re-entered the home.
‘Fairmont 101’ again available to citizens
Fairmont residents wanting to get an inside look into how Fairmont’s city government works will have their chance starting this April with the second annual “Fairmont 101” program.
The program was designed by the city to give Fairmont residents a clear idea of how different departments within the city work, outlining their specific roles and responsibilities.
Disability Action Center to receive $10,000 grant
The Disability Action Center in Fairmont will receive a $10,000 grant from the Bernard McDonough Foundation for Career Readiness
The Career Readiness Program provides support, job training, job coaching and job placement for individuals with disabilities.
Area digs out after more snow
Another large winter storm caused delays and accidents in the area Monday, but there were not as many accidents or injuries as in recent storms.
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