Armstrong says that they’re just looking to get the information out to those interested, and there’s no need to sign up right away.
“All we’re looking for during the Rooftop Challenge is for people to come down, pick up information, and maybe grab an application, some brochures, give us their contact information so we can follow up, find out if they have any questions,” she explains. “We’re not looking for any commitment at this time.”
There are several different ways to volunteer with the organization, like at special events, as a board member, or a mentor. Being a mentor is only a minimum three hour commitment a month, but Armstrong says the impact on a child’s life can be “huge”.
“Most of the children involved in our program come from single-parent families, and the parents are focused on bringing in income, so they don’t necessarily have time to go out and do these fun things with the kids,” she explains. “That’s really all Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring is about is just having fun, sharing a little time and establishing a friendship with kids who could really use a little bit more support.”
Each mentorship match is unique, and based on common interests and compatibility.
A free public swim will be held tomorrow night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the pool, and a Scholastic book sale is going on throughout the Rooftop Challenge.