Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southe[auth] astern New Mexico is in “extreme need” of adult volunteers to work with children, said Chief Operating Officer Amanda Ware.
Throughout southeastern New Mexico, more than 100 children are waiting to be matched with a big brother or sister. In Roswell, there are at least 40 children waiting.
The organization matches children with adults, based on common interest and personalities, in an effort to develop a relationship that can provide a child with healthy life experiences.
Volunteers can be from all walks of life and do not need a specific set of skills.
“They just need to have the willingness to have a positive impact on a child’s life,” Ware said.
Ware said the majority of children are young, Hispanic males and the organization is looking to match them with older, Hispanic males, as statistics have shown matches with the same gender and ethnic group are more successful.
The organization has a bilingual staff that can help the volunteer connect with parents if language is a barrier, she said.
The staff also provides training to volunteers on issues they may encounter, such as matters of child development and understanding children who have been put in high-risk situations.
To volunteer, a person must be over the age of 18 and will have to submit to a background check. There is no cost to volunteer.
Ware said the organization also needs volunteers who do not necessarily work with children, but for fundraising and community outreach efforts.
For more information on how to help, call the organization at 627-2227 or visit in person, 1717 W. Second St., or online at bbbssenm.org.