Kane has 'big' need for 'Big Brothers and Sisters'

Ever thought about becoming a mentor for a child?Here's your chance."Big Brothers Big Sisters" of McKean and Elk Counties has a "big" need for volunteers in the Kane area.There are 38 children on a McKean County list "waiting" to be matched with a "Big Brother" or a "Big Sister." The list includes at least six boys and two girls from the Kane area."We need mentors," Erin Vassallo said during a recent trip to Kane to "recruit" men and women for the one-on-one program with children. "We have a big need for volunteers."Vassallo, an Emporium native now living in Marshburg, came to the recruitment stop at the Kane Community Center with Annie Wolfe, a Wilcox native who lives in Smethport. The women are case-workers with "Big Brothers Big Sisters" program, which is part of the Bradford-based Guidance Center."We definitely need more volunteers to serve as mentors," Wolfe said. She said there is a huge need for women to serve as "Big Sisters."Volunteers are matched with children based on common interests and proximity to the child. Mentors are "encouraged" to spend at least four hours a month together with the child.Some "Big Brothers Big Sisters" spend time outdoors with children who may want to fish or hike. Others may stay indoors and watch football games, read a book together or bake in the kitchen.See full article by purchasing the March 9 edition of The Kane Republican.