Change the life of a child for the better – forever

Published 9:39 am Friday, January 19, 2018

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

At Big Brothers Big Sisters, you have the opportunity to change the life of a child, for the better, forever.

The agency provides one-to-one mentoring services to help children overcome adversity and beat the odds.

“As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters holds themselves accountable for measurable outcomes in children reaching educational success, avoiding risky behaviors and achieving higher aspiration,” said Jenna Hendricks, director of programs.

More than 700 children across Davie and Forsyth counties benefited from a caring mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2017.

“The men, women and teens who volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters give our kids a gift that no amount of money could ever buy. They give them the gift of hope, praise, and motivation. They help the children believe in themselves and that makes all the difference. We are grateful for our volunteers, sponsors, and donors but especially grateful to our volunteers during this month of recognition,” Hendricks said.

Shawan Gabriel, president CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters said: “Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the agency. They give our children hope, provide a guiding hand and are a consistent force in the child’s life. We can raise all the funds we need to run the operations but without our volunteers the money doesn’t matter. We simply cannot do our jobs without them.

“As we celebrate National Mentoring Month, please join us in thanking all of our volunteers for all they do.”

There are many ways to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Become a Big, sponsor a Wait List Activity, sponsor children for back-to-school or Christmas, or participate in the annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake Event. This year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake will be on Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at AMF lanes in Winston-Salem. This year’s theme is sports. In addition to the new theme, bowlers get extended time with their teams with two free games.

“We encourage teams to get creative and plan to have lots of fun this year,” said Lamaya Williams, director of philanthropy. To register for Bowl For Kids’ Sake go to or contact

For more information or to schedule a presentation for a church, organization or other group, contact Hendricks at 751-9906 or