WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY – (WBRE/WYOU) With temperatures reaching the seventies, it was the perfect day to be outside, but there was a lot of fun happening inside too.
Pilar Marino serves as a “Big Sister” to a 14-year-old girl.
They’ve formed a bond over the years.
“It’s a very rewarding experience, because when she started with me she was very shy, but now she’s becoming a young woman,” said Marino.
The pair is part of the “Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge” program, which matches “Bigs” and “Littles” based on their common location and interests.
This is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, called “Bowling for Kids’ Sake” at “Chacko’s Family Bowling Center” in Wilkes-Barre.
“We are bowling to help raise funds to allow ‘Big Brothers Big Sisters’ to offer various mentoring services to various youth,” said “Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge” program manager, Jenna Sargent Thorn.
Employees from the Diocese of Scranton are supporting the cause.
They formed a team called “The Holy Bowlers.”
“Our children of today need mentors, positive mentors in their life now more than ever with everything that’s going on in the world, with all they’re exposed to,” said “Holy Bowlers” team member, Danielle Rake.
Bigs and “Littles” do a variety of activities together like shopping, walking in the park, homework, and bowling.
We’re told about 200 kids in the Wyoming Valley area are waiting for a big brother or sister. More volunteers are needed.
“‘Big Brothers Big Sisters’ recruits, screens, and trains the volunteers to be matched with the children,” said Thorn.
If you want to become a “Big,” you have to be at least 16 years old, and have a few hours to spare each week.
You can head over to the “Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge” website if you’re interested in becoming a mentor.