By Matt Popovich
(Undated) - Have you ever felt the desire to make a positive impact on a child in need? You can do just that by volunteering your time with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati.
Over 4,000 area youths are in need of a positive role-model in their lives.
The story of Staci Tanksley is a perfect example of how just a little time can make major difference in the life of a young person.
Tanksley was paired with Marsha Ford, of Lawrenceburg, when she was eight. Today, she is 23 and a college graduate.
“Both my parents and brother are mentally challenged. Though I’m not, I struggled. I was the child with no money, no friends and dirty clothes,” said Tanksley. “Elementary school was horrible for me, except for the one day a week when I knew my Big Sister Marsha would pick me up after school.”
Ford feels that volunteering with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization is extremely rewarding and requires no more than a person’s time.
“It’s important that every child have an adult in their life who believes in them, who is consistent in support, provides some structure and a safe place,” said Ford. “I guarantee the experience will make a difference in your life as well.”
This is just one of many success stories stemming from a child being paired with a Big Brother/Big Sister. The need for new volunteers is critical, however. Far more children are in need of help than there are volunteers at the moment in the tri-state.
If you are compelled to help a child in need, visit www.bigsforkids.org or call (513) 421-4120. An application is needed to volunteer.