I could not sleep tonight after playing indoor soccer this evening late. It’s 3:30 in the morning but so glad I am up. I just read this tweet through my Twitter Feed: Took my ‘Little’ to public skating tonight. So fun! If you have ever considered Big Brothers/Big Sisters, DO IT! (via @MicaKnibbs) or Web: http://micaknibbs.wordpress.com.
It was an overwhelming success, with some incredible social media and guerilla tactics that paid off big-time for the organization.
At the three month period (February – MAy 2008), BBBSO had screened and accepted four volunteers, and was in the process of screening another 52. Inquiries in general were up 152% over the previous year’ three month period. Of those inquires, 37% were from the North and South Okanagan, areas which had zero inquires in the previous year. At a six month mark (February – September 2008), 303 inquires had been made, 44 matches had been established and 39 accepted volunteers were waiting to be matched.
Some older media coverage on the campaign
I ReTweeted the comment from @MicaKnibb who’s reply was “@scottpdavis Thanks for the RT on Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Many kids need role models, and honestly, I get as much out of it as he does!”
I think that comment is so important. These days we are all so busy in our lives the idea of volunteering for anything just seems crazy. The facts are that it is getting harder and harder to find people to volunteer. Volunteer or non-for profit organizations are struggling. And as people who use their services or clubs it is so easy to forget that these organizations are not like a normal business or store but about the hard work of people just like you and me who keep them running.
So I suppose the message behind this short post is, wouldn’t it be great if everyone volunteered just 1 hour a week to something. And as the Big Brothers and Big Sisters campaign tried to point out you don’t have to be anything special, but when you do you become very special and a Big Hero. And think perhaps you will find that acctually just as Mica Knibbs mentioned.
‘Honestly, I get as much out of it as the kid I help’
Do you volunteer for any organizations? please tell us about them, what you do, what is your experience.