United Way aids Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a strong partner with United Way Cowichan. United Way provides funding for a wide range of mentoring opportunities that meet the varied needs of volunteers, children and families. Lauren is part of the In-School Mentoring Program with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley. This is her fourth year in the program and she’s loved every moment of it. Lauren wouldn’t give up being a Big Buddy for anything and organizes her schedule around spending time with her "Little".

Lauren is currently paired with a wonderful young girl at Alexander School. They spend an hour a week together and are truly friends; Lauren has learned just as much from her Little Buddy as she has taught her.

Lauren has watched her grow over these past years and has witnessed her ups and downs, hoping that she helped along the way.

To watch her grow and mature, while just being a kid, is so rewarding to Lauren because she knows her small contribution of one hour a week has helped provide stability and safety in their friendship. Lauren has become a solid figure in this child’s life and hopes to continue their friendship for years to come.

Lauren has gained so much insight and respect for her Little Buddy and it has changed the way she views life and her community. She has shared her stories with

coworkers and family members over the years and proudly states that she has helped several friends and colleagues join the program.

United Way Cowichan proudly supports Big Brothers Big Sisters and a donation to United Way will help us increase the amount of funding we are able to give directly to these programs, programs that provide positive mentoring experiences for children and youth in the Cowichan region, programs that help children and youth succeed in life.

Call 250-748-1312 today to make your donation, or visit our website:

www.cowichanunitedway. com

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