Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area visited the Danville City Jail on Wednesday, June 14th. Sheriff Mike Mondul accompanied the youth on the tour that showed the entire intake process from the Magistrate’s Office to Cell Block lock-up. Special thanks to Deputies Bray, Hairston, and Petty for their assistance. This program was sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. For more information, call Pat Daniel at 434-792-3700, ext. 234.
Jordan Hyde has been a Big Sister to LaQuilla for five years. This has been a great match since the beginning. They always report what fun they have on their shopping trips and ice cream socials. Jordan supported her “little” as she made the transition to High School. She encouraged her and answered questions about being a “little” in a Big school. The Big of the month stands by her little in all of life’s changes and challenges. For right now, they will keep going with no end in sight.
LaQuilla just loves Jordan. She says, “Jordan has been a help to me and my family. As a matter of fact, we all love her. Ms. Jordan knows that I like ice cream and love to shop at Target. She is always there to answer questions and point me in the right direction. Jordan is the best.”
To Jordan and LaQuilla, they are a match made in the heavens.
On Monday, May 8th Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area celebrated “The End of the Year Farewell” with the Jr. Wednesday Club. The young women played games, ate dinner, and just enjoyed each other’s company. The “littles” had an opportunity to dress up and dine with their “Bigs For the Day.” This event, held at the United Way, was a big success. For more information, please call Pat Daniel (434) 792-3700 ext. 234.
Mary Woods has been matched with youth almost 6 years. She has started with the in school program but felt the youth would benefit more with the community based match. Ms. Woods states the youth has benefited more now as a teenager than the earlier years. She instills in the youth the importance of school and good behavior.
The volunteer uses her former professional skills in preparing the youth for the future. Mary often assists the agency in activities; and attends trips/trainings. The youth, Mauquesha, has grown more confident in herself. Her school performance has improved as well. The pair has a great relationship. They do not want the match to end.
For more information about this program please call, Pat Daniel (434)792-3700 ext. 237.
On Saturday, March 18th Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area held the local Scripps Spelling Bee at the Blount Chapel of Averett University. There were 20 participants from public and private, elementary, and middle schools in Danville and Pittsylvania Co. After 25 rounds, Ryan Crawford from Sacred Heart School was declared the winner. Aryan Kulkarni was the runner up. Ryan will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, Maryland Sunday May 28th-June 2nd.
Special thanks to Averett University, Mr. and Mrs. Jun Garcia, The Foundation of Southwest VA Association of Philippine Physicians, and Mr. and Mrs. Randy Adams.
For more information about our organization please call Pat Daniel (434)792-3700 ext. 234.