Pinellas County, Florida -- Kicking off today, June 1st, Big Brothers Big Sisters will launch the “100 Men in 100 Days” campaign to encourage men to step up and volunteer with the organization. The recruitment campaign comes at a good time as there are more than 200 boys on the waiting list hoping to be matched with a positive role model.
While Big Brothers Big Sisters accepts volunteers from all walks of life, there is a greater need for male and minority mentors. More than 74% percent of children waiting for a “Big” are boys, but only 34 out of every 100 inquiries to volunteer come from men. Now more than ever, Big Brothers Big Sisters needs men to step up and help kids.
“The reality is that any man with good intentions, imperfections and all, has what it takes to be a mentor,” said Susan Rolston, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County. “Research has demonstrated that part of men’s reluctance to mentor includes personal reservations they may feel about themselves, the uncertainty of making a positive impact, and how they might be perceived. The reality is you don’t have to be perfect to make a positive impact.”