Ever wondered what it's like to be a Big here in Sioux Falls?
Rachel Case can tell you. As a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire (BBBSSE) for nearly six years, she's something of an expert on the topic.
We asked Rachel a few questions about her experience with BBBSSE — and, more importantly, her relationship with her Little. Hear what she had to say!
How long have you been a Big?
Almost six years.
Why did you want to become a Big in the BBBS program?
My company volunteered to serve a BBBS picnic. Everyone looked like they were having so much fun, and I wanted to join too!
How often do you and your Little spend time together?
At least once per month for three- or four-hour activities.
What’s your favorite activity that you and your Little have done together? Why?
We got Starbucks, then went to the BBBS office for games and crafts. I enjoyed it because we bonded over our love for fancy drinks, and we got to talk while we worked together on puzzles and crafts.
What is your favorite thing about your Little?
She is never afraid to try something new, and she doesn't give up. She works hard to master new skills.
How has your Little changed or grown since being matched with you?
She is becoming more outgoing and confident. Seeing her shine this way reminds me to do the same in my own pursuits.
Why would you encourage others to consider becoming a Big?
Becoming a Big has allowed me to try so many new experiences and do them with a cool, talented, bright young person. Both Big and Little have so much to teach one another.
Have You Ever Thought about Becoming a Big?
As Rachel can attest, being a mentor to a child in Sioux Falls is an incredibly rewarding way to give back to the youth in our community.
If you've ever considered getting involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire, please contact us. We have many Littles waiting for a Big like you, and we'd love to pair you with the right one.
Not sure if you're ready to make the commitment? Read our FAQs for Bigs or our "Five Reasons to Become a Big" to learn more, or donate online to support our organization financially. Every bit helps to ensure mentors like Rachel can make a difference in the lives of Littles here in Sioux Falls.