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Big Brother Makes A Big Difference

Mike Owens has been a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters for 25 years, starting during Christmas of 1990 with a little brother by the name of Tony.  “I grew up with 2 brothers and a sister,” said Mike, a Supervisor with Charter Communications.  “As I became older, I wanted to make a difference in a child’s life.  I was lucky, I had a great male role model in my father and grandfather.  I wanted to be that role model for another child.  I know what a huge difference it can make.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a United Way Agency that assists children with social, emotional and character development through one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring adults. “We are blessed to have Bigs like Mike in our program,” said Tammy Young, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters.  “When people start volunteering for BBBS, we ask that they commit at least a year of their time.  Consistency is a very important part of the equation to the children we serve.  Some, like Mike, choose to stay a ‘little’ longer.  We are very blessed.”

Since 1990, Mike has had several littles, including Tony, Matthew, Ian, Kirk, Nick, Tyler and currently Nathan.  “Most of the kids remain a part of my life,” said Mike.  “I was even able to spend my 50th birthday with most of them.  What better way to celebrate!”

“I encourage anyone with a few hours each month to spare, to carefully consider joining BBBS.  You will be rewarded as much as the children are.  Thinking back, I can think of no better present to give or get then being part of BBBS.”