'Bigs' needed for little kids

Thomas Schwarz, an attorney with Blitz, Bardgett and Deutsch, has been a Big Brother for nine years.

Thomas Schwarz, an attorney with Blitz, Bardgett and Deutsch, has been a Big Brother for nine years. Photo by Julie Smith.

Volunteers are needed to serve as “bigs” to the nearly 60 children on a waiting list for big brothers or sisters.

“It’s a large enough number that we’re concerned,” said Lee Knernschield, director of Missouri Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters, BBBS.

The nonprofit organization matches adult mentors with children ages 6-17. The mentors provide the children, known as “littles,” with additional support, guidance and encouragement.

Knernchield said a big can volunteer to be involved with the school-based program or the community-based one. The school-based requires a commitment of one hour a week. The community-based requires a two-hour commitment.

“This program allows someone to provide a child with guidance and to offer a viewpoint on a child’s potential in life,” Knernschield said.

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