Library to host Big Brothers Big Sisters program

Library to host Big Brothers Big Sisters program

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In order to mark National Mentoring Month, the Dover Library will host a program titled Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio FAQ.

Beverly Pearch, president and CEO of BBBSECO, and Dan Warther, owner of Warther Woodworking and a Big Brother, will be at the library on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. to share information regarding the programs that are provided to youth in Tuscarawas and Carroll counties, like school and community-based mentoring, camp opportunities, individual assistance, and resource connection. They will present volunteer opportunities and ways to assist the agency.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio has been active since 1973. The organization currently serves children in Tuscarawas and Carroll counties and has active school programs in eight different districts across the counties.

Area high school students meet with their Little at their school to do activities such as reading, board games, sports, computer games, homework help or a simple conversation.

BBBSECO also has a community-based mentoring program. Littles in need of a mentor are matched with a volunteer Big who develops and maintains a relationship, serving as a positive role model and source of reliable support.

Matches are based on common interests, backgrounds and aspirations. Bigs and Littles explore the local community and share activities they both enjoy for at least four hours a month. Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends while others meet in the evenings. Each match develops a schedule that works for them.

“If you are a person who wants to make a difference in the life of a young person, you should come to this program,” said Sherrel Rieger, program specialist at the Dover Library. “You don’t have to be an expert. You just have to be sincere. BBBS will change your life.”

Pearch, a 2009 Kent State University graduate, is currently serving as president and CEO of BBBSECO. She has been with the agency since 2009. She has been a Big Sister in the school-based program since 2015.

Pearch is active in several area organizations: Dennison Rotary, Twin City Chamber of Commerce Executive Board member, BBBS Ohio State Association Executive Committee, BBBS State Association Professional Development Committee chair, Carroll County Family and Children First Council Finance Committee, Community Care Team member and Empower Tusc volunteer.

Warther has been a Big Brother in the community-based program since 2017. A 1991 graduate of the Ohio State University, Warther is a member of the Dover Exchange Club.

This program will be held in the community room at the DPL, 525 N. Walnut St., Dover. Register online at www.doverlibrary.org/events or call the library at 330-343-6123.