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Virtual volunteers needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 18:06:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend is asking the community to help at-risk youth during the coronavirus pandemic.

The non-profit is looking for about 150 people to mentor kids from a distance.

The group says even during the pandemic there are ways to be there for them.

Virtual volunteers can Zoom or Skype with littles at a minimum one-hour a week, along with finding other creative ways to keep them company.

The Big Bend branch's CEO, Alva Striplin says there are benefits for both you and the person you're looking out for.

"We're all kind of experiencing this world where we don't see people on a regular basis,"said Striplin. "Our children are very much experiencing that. Without the school's open, they're missing their friends, they're missing their teachers and they're definitely missing their mentors so this is one connection we could make to keep them connected with their mentors."

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend held "laptops for littles" in April, where they gave out free laptops to their mentees so they could stay connected during a time when social distancing is so important.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend click here.