Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland Is In Need Of Male Volunteers 8/23/13
CBS 7 News
MIDLAND-Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland is one of many programs who have been affected by the oil boom here in West Texas.
For the past year the program has been having a shortage in male volunteers.
Currently there are 58 boys and 34 girls waiting for a big brother and big sister.
One little boy has been waiting almost two years for his big brother.
"I just want someone to push me," said Israel.
Seven-year-old Israel is the only boy in his family. With his dad out of the picture, and his step dad always at work, Israel says he just wants someone to do boy things with.
"I want to play with him, go outside and ride bikes," said Israel.
Israel has one younger sister who joined the program shortly after he did, but unlike Israel, she was paired fairly quickly with a big sister.
Israel said he would like to do fun activities like his sister does with her Big Sister.
BBBS Executive Director Kay Crites said that situations like these are always difficult.
"It's kind of sad for him...he doesn't understand why someone hasn't stepped forward to say, yes I can be your big brother," said Crites.
Crites said, nationally, men volunteer as mentors less often than women.
Crites wants to remind not only men, but also the community, that you can make time for whatever it is that's important to you.
"Volunteers can actually go to the school during the work day and meet with the child there and that way they don't have to take away from their family," said Crites.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland are only asking for 6 to 8 hours of people’s time a month. Going to a baseball game or going to a movie theater can add up to 3 hours.
Anyone interested in volunteering or wanting more information can contact Big Brothers Big Sisters office at (432) 687-0195 or go to their website at www.bbbsmidland.org.