Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Acadiana has spent decades reaching those who need them most.
They pair volunteers "Bigs" and children "Littles" who have common interest and, for the "Bigs", a good listening ear.
"Having a positive role model to look up to, someone to talk about their plans, dreams, and future is a big help," Christie Howard, community engagement manager, said.
Times have changed and those "Bigs" are needed more than ever.
"One of the biggest reasons they were enrolled in the program to begin with was because they needed an outlet; they needed someone to talk to other than a parent or sibling," Howard said. "Now they're in a situation where they're not supposed to leave their home. I think it's important now, more than ever, to have someone to look up to."
Nationally, Big Brothers and Big Sisters is changing the way they pair up and going the virtual route. Until, one day, "Bigs" and "Littles" can meet face-to-face.
"We're hoping that our matches can still connect and still form a great relationship. When all of this lightens up, a little bit, they can continue to see each other in the community and have a face-to-face relationship as well," Howard said.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Acadiana will offer virtual sessions on volunteering starting Thursday, April 2nd.
Those sessions will take place every Thursday at Noon and and 6pm through Zoom.
Volunteers will be matched virtually and are asked to make a three month commitment.
All the volunteer has to do is keep in touch with their Little via phone, Facetime, letter-writing, etc.
Go to www.acadianabigs.com for more information.