Day 8 of 25 Days of Giving: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Each day, for 25 days during the month of December, the Indians will highlight one community partner organization and how you can give back this holiday season. For more information, visit the 25 Days of Giving main post.

Day 8: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Start Something with Big Brothers Big Sisters and change the life of a child for the better, forever!

Big Brother Eric Kemp with Little Brother Dashawn at an Indians game

Go Big and Start Something this Season!

Spending time with family and friends, shopping until you drop, giving back to the community and special traditions!  These are all signs that another holiday season is upon us.  As we take time here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana to reflect upon this past year and prepare for National Mentoring Month in January, our only wish is that every child in Indianapolis will experience the joy of friendship this season and all year round.  As we are surrounded by our loved ones, we should remember that hundreds of children right here in our city are just waiting for a friend and mentor.  All children deserve to have someone who is able to spend time with them and help them reach their potential.  Becoming a volunteer with Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana will allow you to do just that.  By spending only four to six hours a month with a child in need of a role model, you have the chance to change a life for the better, forever. 

Big Brother Kelly Pfledderer with Little Brother Vince.

For one Big Brother and BBBSCI Board member, Kelly Pfledderer, the six year relationship with his Little Brother Vince has become much bigger than the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  “It’s not like I’m just his Little Brother and he’s my Big Brother,” Vince said. “Now we are really good friends.”  That was Monica Holloway’s hope for when her son and Pfledderer were matched.  “Kelly doesn’t try to be a father figure, he’s just a positive male figure — someone who is there to listen and add that perspective — someone who accepts and listens to Vincent and encourages him and thinks he’s a great guy.”  Their friendship has developed over the years and they both discovered they have a mutual love of music.  Kelly gave a gift of guitar lessons to Vince for Christmas several years ago.  Now the pair, along with their guitar teacher and some of Kelly’s friends, play together in a garage band they call The Trumans.  According to Kelly, “the great thing for me is that I really enjoy spending time with Vince.”

Big Sister Karissa and Little Sister Destiny and Rowdy at BBBSCI SummerFest 2011

Kelly and Vince’s relationship serves as proof that a mentor can make a real and lasting difference in a child’s life.  We hope their story inspires you to Start Something with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana.  With over 400 children in Marion, Johnson and Hamilton County waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister, there is no better season to go Big!
To learn more about becoming a volunteer, please visit our website at: www.bebigforkids.org or contact Laura Halt, Director of Volunteer Engagement and Training at: lhalt@bbbsci.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana wishes you a very joyful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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