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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wisconsin looking for male volunteers


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A local group is hoping to find more men to volunteer their time with kids in the community. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wisconsin is looking for 40 men to volunteer with children facing different types of adversity.

"I just thought it'd be nice to be a mentor, to have an influence in somebody's life," said Brett Geboy.

Geboy is just one of dozens of "bigs" at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin. The organization is hoping more men, like Brett, sign up to become bigs.

"It takes a little bit of time to get to know one another, but I see a good foundation and base to be able to speak into someone's life. And you also are rewarded heavily by just seeing little victories. Sharing that, and hopefully then seeing them grow and end up doing something great," Geboy said.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, CEO Craig Monson hopes to sign up 40 men by the end of the year. There are currently more than 60 boys waiting for a big brother.

"Just to have that guy to talk to, that one male to do guy things with and talk to them about guy issues. It's hard to have a man to man talk with your mother. That's often what we hear, so just to have that male role model in their life is just a big help for them," said Craig Monson.

Once a big signs up, work begins to pair the volunteer with a child.

"We want similar likes and interests, what everyone is comfortable with, so we're not waiting list driven. When a big comes in, we'll match them up with a little brother that has similar likes and interests," Monson said.

Monson says there are fewer men that sign up to be bigs than women, so they're making a push for more big brothers.

"Hanging out at a park, going for a walk, a bike ride, shooting baskets, baking cookies, making dinner. The big thing is just spending time together and talking to each other. That's the big thing, a lot of kids just want someone to listen to them," said Monson.

Big brothers, big sisters says although it is mostly in need of male volunteers, it is also still looking for women. If you would like to get involved, you can find all the information that you need here.

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