Big Sister Angie Vargas Shares Her Impact Story
Guest Blog Post by Angie Vargas
In 2006 while in law school, I was at a volunteer fair where I met a staff member from Big Sister who explained the process and the need for Big Sisters in Boston. I thought, ‘I think I want to go for this’. I took an application, went home to think more about it, and then applied. The process of becoming a Big Sister was exciting and at the same time, quite scary but Big Sister had a thorough process to make sure I felt ready.
When I first met my Little Sister Paola, I thought she was sweet and just as nervous as I was. She was only 9 when we were matched; and now she will be 17 in two months. What surprised me most when we first started meeting weekly was how much fun it could be. It is not just a onetime volunteer opportunity; it is an opportunity to have an amazing relationship with a wonderful girl.
Having a Little Sister has made me more empathetic and more open to appreciating people for who they are regardless of their circumstances. We are like true sisters. We trust each other and our relationship has evolved as she has gotten older.
Our absolute favorite activity is the annual Big Sister Appreciation Breakfast, where Big and Little Sisters are recognized for their strong, lasting relationships. We look forward to it each and every year as a way of appreciating each other.
All women should become Big Sisters because it is an experience of a lifetime. You aren’t just giving back, you’re also getting something back too. Ideally, one day Big Sister would have women waiting hoping to get matched with Little Sisters!
Are you inspired by Big Sister Angie and Little Sister Paola’s story? Thinking about becoming a Big Sister yourself? Then stop by our free event at Sara Campbell’s store in the South End on Wednesday, July 24 from 6pm-8pm to learn more about becoming a Big Sister while enjoying complimentary appetizers, wine, and a discount on all items in the store! Register here.