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Mentoring organization recruiting volunteers

January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haywood County is celebrating those who are already volunteering as mentors — “Bigs” — and also recruiting volunteers. 

This year, BBBS is asking local residents to “Join The Village” to help increase opportunities for area young people by becoming a mentor. Bigs are supported by local program coordinators who receive training and guidance through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

“Supporting a young person by being their Big is such a fun way to inspire them to be great people. Being a Big doesn’t take a lot of time, but it pays off in so many ways, both for the adult and their Little,” said Martha Barksdale, Big Brothers Big Sisters program coordinator for Haywood County.

More than six youth in Haywood County are waiting to be matched with a mentor. Being a Big means committing to spend a few hours a month with a young person doing things that you love to do, like playing basketball, visiting the library or learning how to cook.

Haywood County residents can get involved with National Mentoring Month by contacting Barksdale at 828.273.3601 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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