Big Brother is munching

By Geoff Lee

October 4, 2016 12:00 AM

SAY CHEESE Grilled cheese sandwiches at a Big Brothers, Big Sisters Lloydminster Lunch and Learn fundraiser Wednesday brought in day care provider, Carrie Clark, left, and youngsters Rebecca Lefebvre and Anna Weed with Big Brothers, Big Sisters executive director Brenda Robinson looking on.

Barbecue grilled cheese sandwiches and information went hand in hand at a Big Brothers, Big Sisters Lloydminster fundraising Lunch and Learn.
The lunch by donation on Wednesday drew some hungry folks to the charity’s office to see what the fuss was all about.
“It’s just to educate people on our programs—how they can help fund raise, how they can volunteer and get them in to see our facility,” explained Jacqueline Weed, director of service delivery.
The lunch was also an opportunity to spread the word about a limited time offer from Bioclean Disaster Services that will raise money for the local charity.
“For every “Like” on their Facebook page, they are going to give us a dollar up to $10,000 until Oct. 20,” said Weed. “So it’s a pretty good deal.”
Funds and volunteers are needed to run the organization’s in-school mentoring program and its main volunteer adult and child matching program.
A school mentor is a volunteer who mentors a child for an hour a week in one of the schools in Lloydminster and there is a waiting list of kids looking for a helper.
“Our main match program is where we match a volunteer with a child for a couple of hours a week and they just do things that interest them out in the community,” said Weed.
The length of time they’re out together just depends on what it is they are doing that interests both of them.
“We have 39 children on the waiting list,” said Weed.
The response for volunteer help has been aided by the city proclaiming September as Big Brothers, Big Sisters month in Lloydminster.
“We’ve got about five volunteers that we’re processing and getting ready but we could also use more,” said Weed.
“We are always looking for volunteers and they don’t need a special skill set—they just need to want to have fun.”
Presentations have taken place in various locations throughout the city with the Lunch and Learn capping off the information and recruitment drive for volunteers.
“We try to do something every year for Big Brothers, Big Sisters month just to educate people about what’s going on in our agency,” said Weed.
The non profit organization is also starting to promote its major Bowl for Kids fundraiser of the year to be held on March 31 at a location yet to be announced.
The charity held a makeshift indoor Bowl for Kids event at Jack Kemp School this past spring with plans to use that format in 2017 in the absence of a bowling alley.

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