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Big Brothers, Big Sisters visits Rotary

There are several children in Ennis schools who are in need of role models, Joannie Conger told members of the Rotary Club of Ennis Tuesday.
Conger, who volunteers as a community recruitment coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters, spoke about how easy it is to make a positive difference in the life of a child.
She talked briefly about the history of Big Brothers Big Sisters, saying the Dallas Rotary Club was a big partner in creating the North Texas chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters in 1927.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has two programs to help children in need of positive role models. The first is community-based mentoring, in which “Bigs” and “Littles” meet at least two times a month. Bigs can take their Littles to a ball game, park, movie or art museum. It doesn’t matter what they do, as long as they spend time together, having fun and making memories. No matter what the activity, it will make an impact.
The second program is school-based mentoring, in which a volunteer is matched with a child in a local school. Bigs will meet with their Littles for an hour each week. They can engage in an activity such as arts and crafts, eating lunch on the playground or just spend time talking to each other.
Anyone at least 16 years old can be a volunteer, Conger said. Whether you are retired, a high school junior or senior, an empty nester, a married couple or a business professional, there is a child in need of your positive influence.
“I’m on a crusade to find mentors,” Conger said. Big Brothers Big Sisters will work with your schedule.
Some children in Ennis have been on a waiting list for a Big Brother or Sister since January, she said.
Conger had worked in banking for several years before joining Big Brothers Big Sisters. She joined the organization through AmeriCorps VISTA. AmeriCorps is a government program that partners with organizations who need help.
The Rotary Club of Ennis meets Tuesday at noon at the Ennis Country Club.

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