The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina with both monetary donations and personnel support from members who serve as mentors in the program.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina
Big Brothers Big Sisters has been serving young people in Western North Carolina since 1982. We currently cover eight counties.
We match children (ages 6-14) from single-parent families with caring, adult mentors.
“Bigs” and “Littles” spend time together forming a friendship. In our traditional program, they participate in activities in our community like hiking on the parkway, playing ball, or baking cookies. In our site-based program, Bigs and Littles see each other at the child’s school or recreation center. They spend time playing games, completing homework, and having lunch together.
Here’s what our Littles have to say about their Bigs:
- “When I’m with him, I try to be like him.”
- “When I need her I can always count on her.”
- “He always finds a way to make you laugh when you are down.”
- “I have a feeling we will be very good friends forever.”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters operates in almost 370 communities across the United States - large and small, urban and rural. Our local agencies work with their colleagues across the nation to design and develop programs that are tailored to the needs of their community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with individual donors, foundations, corporations, governments, and others to build the critical network of support that funds and enables the work of carefully matching children with caring adult mentors and providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor and child’s family.
Professionally trained Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members work with our partners in the education and juvenile justice communities to find children facing adversity and assess how our programs can have the greatest impact. Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration.
100 Years of History
For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. And we have over a century of volunteers, donors, and advocates just like you to thank.
It all started in 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement.
At around the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were befriending girls who had come through the New York Children’s Court. That group would later become Catholic Big Sisters.
Both groups continued to work independently until 1977, when Big Brothers Association and Big Sisters International joined forces and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
More than 100 years later, Big Brothers Big Sisters remains true to our founders’ vision of bringing caring role models into the lives of children. And, today, Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states—and in 12 countries around the world.