COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national organization with a local chapter in the Chattahoochee Valley that connects those who want to volunteer in their community to kids who could use a mentor.
"When I have nobody to talk to, and it's like he's there when nobody else is, you know," said Javier Perez, one of the 'littles' participating in the program.
A little fun and entertainment comes with the strengthening of friendships between those mentors and children in the Chattahoochee Valley.
"It's like the things we do is like the things I don't do on a normal basis. So, we get out the house a lot, we spend time together," said Perez.
Bowl for Kids' Sake is one of their largest annual events. All funds raised go directly towards matching children with their very own big brother or big sister.
"Some of the parents are working, they are not really there. They can't help them with their homework as much as they would like to. So, your there to help provide or help with school work or just have fun and stuff like that," said Jerome Dingle, one of the program's 'bigs.'
This year, the group hopes to strike and hit their goals by teaching their siblings one-on-one about life skills that will help them in the long run.
"I teach them how to be a gentleman, open door for women and stuff like that. Respect his mom and his dad and everything like that. Pick up trash, don't litter," said Dingle.
They hope these lessons will provide an opportunity for a better future.
To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley, click here.