IRVING, Texas, Jan. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Brothers Big Sisters marks National Mentoring Month by celebrating "Bigs" of the Year. This year, everyday folks became heroes to at-risk children, just by volunteering a little bit of time. "In 2014, we served over 8,000 Texas children through a one-to-one mentoring relationship," says Rob Roby, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. "Imagine all of the matches we've made over the past 87 years. It's truly staggering to think about how many people have been touched by Big Brothers Big Sisters. National Mentoring Month is an ideal opportunity to applaud the efforts of thousands and thousands of individual volunteers."
Big Brothers Big Sisters serves more than 4,300 children in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties. This year's Big Brothers of the Year for Community Based Programs are Suhail Afzal (Collin County), Matthew Newman (Dallas County), Christopher Geddie (Denton County) and Jesse Borries (Tarrant County). These outstanding individuals are to be celebrated for the impact they have made in the lives of the children in mentoring programs.
This year's Big Sisters of the Year for Community Based Programs are Kathy Lake (Collin County), Jeanene Heilman (Dallas County), Allison Savage (Denton County) and Patricia Morton (Tarrant County). The Site Based Big Sister of the Year is Amy Hollar of Dallas. Big Brothers Big Sisters thanks these remarkable women who are great role models for the children in our program.
This year's Big Brothers and Big Sisters of The Year for School Based Programs are Lisa Brashier (Collin County), Lap Trinh (Dallas County), and Chris Cook (Tarrant County). The Big Couples of the Year are Brad Newton and Summer Brenan (Collin County), and Mark and Wendy Reedy (Tarrant County). Lastly, the Big Family of the Year is the Hanson Family of Mesquite (Dallas County).
Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully matches children of single, low-income or incarcerated parents or sons and daughters of military personnel in long-term professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. Independent studies find "Littles" are more likely than their peers to show improvement in school, their behavior and their self-esteem and aspirations. To become a hero in the life of a child, go to www.bbbstx.org to find out more.
Contact: Margaret McKoin
SOURCE Big Brothers Big Sisters