Lisa Ewing was honored as Big Sister of the Year in our Big For a Day program. Big For a Day (BFAD) is a program where women are matched with a girl on our wait list for a one-time Big Sister activity such as bowling, a dance class, a martial arts workshop, or a trip to the Aquarium. Big For a Day activities occur once a month on a Saturday. You can volunteer as little as twice a year or as often as once a month.
Guest Post by Marketing Intern, Molly Decker
Initially, what made you want to get involved with Big Sister?
I got involved in a program for mentoring middle school students for their science projects, in preparation for the local and state science fairs. I enjoyed the program and began thinking I could do more. I was working full time and going to school at night, so I wasn’t sure if I would have the time to be involved. Then l learned about the Big For a Day program, and it seemed like a great fit.
How do you approach making connections with the new Little Sisters you get paired with at each event?
There’s often a lot of activities at the events, so if there are multiple games or arts and crafts projects, I just ask my Little Sister where they want to start. If they’re still holding back a bit, I’ll suggest we start at a particular activity and go from there. I’m usually pretty excited to be doing any activity, and they usually pick up on my excitement.
What’s a favorite activity you’ve done with Big Sister and what makes it so memorable?
That’s hard to say – Big Sister always has such fun events. The Halloween parties are a lot of fun – everyone dresses up in great costumes! Especially the home-made theme costumes where matches create something together. The Winter Wonderland party is a lot of fun – being in Faneuil Hall with the decorations and getting to decorate cookies. The sporting events at colleges are also a lot of fun. As I said – it’s so hard to pick just one!
What’s something you’ve learned about yourself or about the world since becoming a part of Big For a Day?
I now understand that even if you don’t get to spend a tremendous amount of time with a girl, you can still make a difference in her life.
What would you say to women who are on the fence about applying to Big For a Day—any words of encouragement or advice?
I would say find a way to become involved. Just call the office or search the website for opportunities. It is a great experience, and you get back so much in return. It means so much to the girls. Just think back to when you were young. If you were lucky, you had a big sister or someone you could talk to about whatever was on your mind. If not, wouldn’t you have liked to have that someone? You can be that someone for a young girl.
If you’re interested in the Big For a Day program, check out the Big Sister website.