Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire (BBBSCE), the area’s premier mentoring organization, announced recently the kick-off of its “100 Men in 100 Days” campaign which is designed to recruit 100 African-American male volunteers over the next 100 days.
“Finding African- American men to serve as Big Brothers is critical to the success of our organization and will have a ripple effect far into the future,” stated Dr. Malik Watkins, BBBSCE’s Board Chair. Executive Director John Kendricks stated, “we are a very diverse organization with volunteers of all races and nationalities; however, the need for African- American men far exceed those of any other group because of the large number of African-American boys who are waiting to be matched.”
Kendricks related members from the Delta Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Gamma Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, and Iota Phi Theta Fraternities have answered the call and become “Bigs”, but more men are needed! “All it takes is two to three meetings a month to make a real difference in a young man’s life,” stated Kendricks. BBBSCE challenges “100 African- American men to stand up for our children today and make a difference!
Interested individuals should call (912) 233-7669 or go to the agency’s website, www.bbbscoastalempire. org, to volunteer.
“While people think of Big Brothers Big Sisters as a volunteer organization, it’s also a non-profit charity that depends on donations to make more matches,” said James Sessler, Regional Manager, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.
Funding is used for recruiting, careful matching, background checks, screening and maintaining ongoing professional support for the volunteers, youth and their families – the key to ensuring longterm positive outcomes that change lives and communities.”
Arby’s customers who come into local Arby’s restaurants from June 15 through July 26, 2009, may donate a dollar and sing a “Help Us Help Kids” pinup to hang on the walls of the restaurant.
Customers who donate will receive a coupon redeemable for $1.00 off selected Arby’s menu items during their next purchase.
The donated money will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire’s 100 Men in 100 Days campaign. Last year, Arby’s raised over $2 million nationwide through its pin-up campaign.
“We’ve always believed in the power of giving back to the communities that we serve,” Sessler said. “Mentoring makes a powerful difference and I’m proud to be part of an effort that gives the entire community an opportunity to contribute.”