Big Brothers Big Sisters is in the middle of a volunteer drive to recruit Big Brothers and Big Sisters during the month of October.

The goal is to match all children on the waiting list in Harrison, Marion and Monongalia counties.

During the month of October, the current Big Brothers and Big Sisters are encouraged to recruit their friends, neighbors and co-workers to volunteer as a Big Brother or Big Sister. Restaurants such as Texas Roadhouse, Cheddar’s, Boomerangs, USA Steak Buffet, Bob Evans, Applebees, Outback, Eat ’N’Park, Denny’s and Cracker Barrel are providing gift certificates to be used as prizes for the ones that recruits the most volunteers in each county.

Volunteers who return a completed application, during the month of October will also be eligible for a drawing to receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

In Marion County, they are pleased to note that with the children they have already been able to match, they only have seven children left on the waiting list.

If you have been considering this program for your child, this is a good time to fill out an application or find out more information about the programming.

Information and applications for both volunteers and clients can be found at www.bbbs-ncwv.org, or you can call 304-983-2383 ext. 104.

Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States.

For 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has helped children from primarily single-parent homes, one child at a time, by matching them with adult volunteers who act as friends, mentors and role models.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central West Virginia, a United Way agency, serves hundreds of children living in Harrison, Marion, Monongalia and Preston counties.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, visit www.bbbs.org.

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