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Humanity: How to Help a Child

Updated on June 11, 2015

Big Brother and Big Sisters of America

One way you can really impact your community by helping a child is to become involved in the Big Brother Big Sisters of America. There are so many children that need someone to care about them. They need a relationship with someone they can count on and someone that can guide them There are many ways to help through this great organization.

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How to Volunteer

First, you can volunteer to be a big brother or a big sister is you have time to make this commitment. I have known people involved in this mentoring program, and they have revealed they think they gained as much from their relationship with their little brother or sister as did the child. It is truly a fulfilling youth program. Whether you play sports together, a game of checkers or take them out to eat pizza, you are making an impact on that child. There are 21,000 boys waiting for a big brother at this time. They need men and women, as well as, people that speak Spanish.

If you can donate a few hours a couple of times a month, the impact for that child is significant. Anyone can volunteer. You will be interviewed, asked to provide references and go through a background check for obvious reasons. If you are unable to be a big brother or sister, you can also donate money as they are a non-profit corporation. They have a newsletter that tells of the children and the impact of the program. They also have a Facebook and Twitter page.

Big Brother Real Life Story

The main website tells some of the real life stories. The children are primarily from one parent homes or sometimes from orphanages. In one of the stories, the mother was concerned about her son, Jon, as he had no male role model. The man, Jesse, who answered this call, is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force and now Jon has been to his first major league baseball game. Jesse had moved across the country away from his family and chose this way to connect with his community. He feels the relationship has allowed for good, open communication and it is rewarding for them both.

Big Sister Real Life Story

In another story a young 23 year old new mother states the ten years in her life where she had a big sister gave her confidence and she made better decisions due to that relationship. She is in dental hygienist school, happily married and has and 18 month old son. This young lady grew up in public housing without a parent, so her Big Sister made a huge impact on her life. When you consider spending a few hours a month for a child with such huge voids in their life, I can not imagine finding any better use of your time.

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In Conclusion

Children are so precious and you can not always undo psychological damage that happens to so many when they are so young, despite good counseling. There is no greater calling than to help children. Having the privilege of impacting the direction of a young person’s life is certainly an honor.

© 2012 Pamela Oglesby

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    manatita, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    manatita44 4 years ago from london

    Pranams, Pamela.

    My salutations to you.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    manatita, This really is a great way to help children and I appreciate your comments.

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    manatita44 4 years ago from london

    Extremely noble effort. I encourage others to help where they can. keep going!!

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Chris, I absolutely agree. Thank you for your comments.

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    carolina muscle 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    an important hub, Pamela... children need mentoring and guidance today more than ever !!!

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    btrbell, Thanks for your comments.

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    Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    A great, great hub on an extremely important topic. Thank you for sharing this!

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    ImKarn, Yes, this is different. It is an investment of time and probably emotions if your develop a relationship with the child. I think that is probably the most rewarding part. Thank you for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Made, This works really well from everything I have been told. Of course, I don't know about Finland. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Karen Silverman 4 years ago

    What a simply simple way to connect, impact a life, and do something positive for the world - all at the same time..

    i'm in limbo right now - half in canada, half in the states, but when i'm fully settled - this is something i will consider! it's clean, close, effective, inexpensive...it's not just sending money - it's...shaping a life for the better..

    mmmmmmm...H.O.W. perfect..

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    Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

    Great H.O.W.-hub, Pamela! Many children would need someone to look up to and learn from. This seems like a very good idea. I don't know if we have anything similar here in Finland...

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Vellur, I appreciate your comments. Thank you for the share.

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    Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

    Very true there is no greater calling than helping children. A great hub. Voted up and shared.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Dianna, Thanks for sharing your experience. I appreciate your comments.

    Mzl, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    i always learn new things on these HOW articles.

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    Pamela, we used to participate in this program years ago. It is a wonderful help to families, especially the single parent. Great post and it will bring awareness to many.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Paula, Thank you so much for sharing your personal experience. This is exactly what I have heard from other people. It is a great organization.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Pamela....BSBB organization is close to my heart. Many years ago, while still raising a family, I volunteerd as a Big Sister with a private institution which housed young women who had been mandated to the program, either via the courts or through Child Welfare. The reasons were numerous. Some were placed through no fault of their own, but that they were abused, neglected or removed from home for their own safety and welfare. Some because they had unfortunately gone astray.

    I was involved for 4 years and I can say I enjoyed every minute. It is a wonderful and beneficial experience........

    BTW...very nice new interview!! You deserve the recognition!

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Ruby, I can't either. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Denise, I'm sure your nephew will benefit from your love. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

    Great article Pam. I can think of nothing more gratifying than spending time with a child who needs a big sister or brother. Thank you for sharing...

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    Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

    What a beautiful hub, Pamela. I recently saw a program promoting this. My 'mentoring' at this time of my life is my own nephew. But, it is food for thought in the future. :) Thanks-am sharing.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    mperrottet, I agree and I appreciate your comments.

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    Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

    What a wonderful organization to highlight. I've always thought the idea behind Big Brothers and Big Sisters was great. Voted up and useful.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    MelChi, I am glad that you learned of something wonderful like this organization. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    drbj, This doesn't surprise me about you. Thanks for sharing your experience and comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    bdegiulio, I appreciate your comments and thanks for the shasre.

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    Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

    Wow! This is amazing. I didn't even know such a thing existed. What a great idea. Love this, voted up and sharing!

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    drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

    I know whereof you write, Pamela, because I was a Big Sister for a number of years before my work required traveling. It is a wonderful organization and I enjoyed every moment I spent with my 'little sisters.'

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Maria, I agree that this is such a valuable program and I wanted to add something related to children to this H.O.W. initiative as that is what touches my heart. Thank you so much for your comments. Hugs back to you my friend.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Billy, I thought this would make a good addition to your cause for the children. You have started a remarkable thing here with this H.O.W. I think we are all learning a lot from each other. Thanks for your comments.

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Pam. Wonderful message here. It doesn't take much to change the course of a child's life, just our time. Big Brother and Big Sister are wonderful programs. I will share and post as many places as I can to help spread your message.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Joseph, I appreciate your comments and I hope the hub will make people consider donating time to this great organization. My mom is still in the hospital but has improved. Thank you for asking.

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Pamela,

    I knew you would contribute a meaningful and most necessary piece to the ever growing H.O.W. initiative.

    This is one of the most valuable programs we have as a country. I agree there is no greater satisfaction than giving time and life experiences to our youngsters.

    Voted UP and UABI, with a double of Beautiful. Hugs, Maria

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Fantastic addition to the H.O.W. movement, Pamela! Thank you for writing this great suggestion.

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    Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

    Great hub about Big brothers & Big Sisters of America. We need all the help available to change a child's life and the world 'per se.' You have linked your work with the site, and that will make a sound difference for future Brothers and sisters! Remarkable job!

    P.S. Hope your mom is doing better!