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‘I think deep down we all have a calling to give back.’
Big urges other young, single men to volunteer
John Bollinger stepped forward to become a Big Brother soon after moving to Kalamazoo for his job and urges other young, single men to consider doing the same. "I think we all deep down have a calling to give back, but often times put it off with worries about commitment or we just don’t think we have enough time. We give time to what we make a priority in our lives. From my experience, it’s been the best time spent."
A desire to directly introduce local students to higher education through mentoring is leading to the launch of a new Big Brothers Big Sisters’ program named Bigs on Campus. Kellogg Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College are piloting the program this upcoming school year.
One-year commitment turns into lifelong friendship
In 2002, Corilee Kessler heard about Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring and thought to herself, "I can do that for one year." Now, 13 years later, Kessler and her Little Sister still play important parts in each other's lives.