There are times every child and teenager could use a big brother or big sister to talk to. At Big Brothers Big Sisters,we have 40 children on our waiting list, all of them looking for a friend.
Our concept is simple: We assist children who need additional guidance and support in life by matching them with a
We have 25 students on a waiting list in Durango schools needing a Study Buddy" to volunteer as an in-school mentor,meeting them an hour a week for games, crafts, reading, computer work and talking.
There are 15 other children in need of friends from our community-based program. Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Big
Couples volunteer a few hours per week spending time with a child.
Most of the children on our waiting list are in need of male role models who can help them make good decisions. One
9-year-old boy who has waited for a Big Brother for 10 months dreams of snowboarding. He never has had the chance. He
is from New Orleans and moved here after Hurricane Katrina; his widowed mother is raising him. A serious fan of Star
Wars," he would like a Big Brother to take him rafting, canoeing, biking, walking around town and to play at the
We also have an 11-year-old boy in his first year at Escalante Middle School who wants to play sports, and would enjoy
practicing football, baseball and golf with his Big Brother.
Children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are among Durango's most vulnerable young people, often growing up in
poverty and living in a single-parent household. Our program has proved successful in creating nurturing, positive
relationships that benefit everyone involved, including the child, the families, the volunteers and our community. It
speaks volumes when 40 children are reaching out and asking for help here in Durango.
Please help us give each of these young people a friend, by volunteering. Learn how you can connect with a child in our
program by calling our office at 247-3720.
Terri House, Big Brothers
Big Sisters board member,