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Page 1 riic News Argiis
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Editor In Chief
Volunteer to make
a 'BIG' difference
We are often told the importance of giving back and doing com
munity service. Community service is great. If you really want to
make an impact volunteer with Big Brother Big
Sisters of America.
BBBS is an agency that provides children in
single parent homes a volunteer who can serve
as another positive influence. Volunteering with
BBBS as a college student is great and they are
always looking for volunteers. As a volunteer
you have the opportunity to help shape the life
of a child.
Being a "BIG" is an excellent way to build a
relationship with a "little" that can last a life
time. Spending a lot of money is not a require-
ment. In fact, the agency requests that you do not
spend a lot of money on the children. The relationship is supposed to
be built on quality not quantity.
Volunteers are required to spend at least one year with their "lit-
tles." They are not required to spend time with them during holidays
and breaks. The agency only asks that volunteers keep in contact
with their "littles" via phone or e-mail.
BBBS offers multiple programs for volunteers to spend time with
Site-based programs allow "BIGS" to spend one hour a week with
their "little" at their school. This is convenient for WSSU students
who do not own cars because there are elementary schools close to
Community-based programs allow the volunteer to spend time
with a child doing an activity during the week. The choice of activity
is left up to the "BIG." Occasionally BBBS gives free tickets to the
"BIGS" for outings like the circus or different sporting events where
they can take their "little."
"Graduate It Pays," "Mentoring Children of Prisoners," and
"Graduating Our Future" are some of the community-based pro
grams where volunteers can offer their time and commitment.
Participants in "Graduate It Pays" spend one hour a week at a
high school with a repeat 9th grader. This is an excellent opportunity
for college students to influence these teens on the importance of
doing well in school and going to college.
Some children have a parent who is or has been in prison and may
need a positive role model in their life. In this situation the "BIG"
spends time with the "little" each week. As a "BIG" a student can
provide the support this child needs to become a successful citizen.
"Graduating Our Future" volunteers spend time with a child from
Konnoak or Diggs Elementary or work with a child from Philo
To become a volunteer at BBBS you must apply, have an interview,
attend orientation and have a home visit.
If you want an exciting way to volunteer and the opportunity to
change a child's life consider BBBS. Visit www.bbbsnc.org
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corrections of errors and
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The C.G. O' Kelly Library is a place used for much The library is also a great place to catch up on study-
more than just checkmg out learning materials. It ing, typing papers, using the Internet, checking
can be used to borrow popular dvds and cds, social networking sites, and making copies,
textbooks and periodicals, and even laptops. This issue's Campus Crew asks ..
What do you use the 0’Kelly Library for the most?
SENIOR , MATHEMATICS
The things I use most often
include the Internet, copy
machine and checking out
textbooks for three hours.
SOPHOMORE, POLI SCI
1 like to use the library to com
plete my research and to be at
ease by myself and work
JUNIOR, INFO TECH
I mainly use the library to host
E-Board meeting for my club
Leaders of Virtue and
I use the library for textbooks.
I ve saved a lot of money not
purchasing books but copying
[textbook] pages that I need.
I use the library for printing
and using books for research