ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS
- Making the future better begins with our kids. That's why Big Brothers Big Sisters is RE-launched its Northwoods chapter. The organization is hosting a relaunch party tonight at Harbor View in Phillips. The branch had financial troubles and is now re-starting."The Northwoods branch now consists of Oneida, Vilas, Price, and Taylor counties. We'll be combining with Northwestern Wisconsin which is Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dune, St. Croix, and Pierce counties," says Craig Monson, Northwoods Branch CEO.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring organization. It places adults with kids who face adversity. The Northwoods branch is looking for adults that could spend about 1 hour each week with a child. Volunteering is rewarding, plus you can help out a kid in need. "Our kids come from all different kinds of backgrounds, but we know that studies show that kids will improve in academic performance, school attendance, self-confidence, set higher goals for themselves, and just overall achieve higher goals in life," said MonsonThe branch's goal is to serve about 15 kids this year. By 2014, they want to up that to 40 or 50 kids.
Story By: Melissa Constanzer