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Truckee Tahoe: Learn what it takes to become a Big Sister or Big Brother

Big Sister Leslie Trippy with her Little Sister Denise. Leslie and Denise have been matched for almost one year and enjoy doing many different fun activities in their time together.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County (BBBSNC) will present an Info Night session on Monday, March 16, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Women’s Services offices, located upstairs at 12257 Business Park Dr., Unit 4 (in the airport business park) in Truckee.

The half-hour informational session is perfect for anyone interested in hearing more about the local work of BBBSNC, and how to get involved. No commitment is required. Families, teachers and agencies in the community that know of or work with youth are encouraged to attend.

BBBSNC staff will go over the process of becoming a “Big” and will discuss other ways to support this vital agency in our local community.

To sign up, or for more information, please call Peggy Martin at 587-7717 or e-mail peggy@bigsofnc.org.

On what got her involved with BBBSNC: “I’ve volunteered for years doing different things. And I just kind of looked to see what I thought was a need here in this area…I like kids, so I thought mentoring a teenager might be a good thing, that it might be fun to do things with them that they wouldn’t normally be able to do.”

Activities they do together: “All kinds of different things. We both like the outdoors and we’re both athletic. Recently I took her cross country skiing in Tahoe Donner ” it was the first time she’s ever been ” and we had a good time. And we’ve also done things like gone to a movie in Reno, then gotten a bite to eat or gone shopping afterwards. We’ve been hiking in the summer; we’ve gone to the lake; she’s come over and we’ve baked brownies from scratch…”

The time commitment: “They say you are only required to spend two hours per week with your Little Sister or Little Brother, but we generally spend a lot more time than that together. We usually see each other every week, and during those times we spend anywhere from two to six hours together. It depends on our schedule, and I think it also depends on the bond you make with your Little, and we’ve become pretty good friends.”

On bonding with her Little Sister: “Any time you meet somebody new, you do this dance getting to know each other. I’m a little older, so I was concerned she might think I’m really old. But I’m very young at heart, so I think once she saw beyond the chronology of age, she totally forgot about it. We just kind of eased into the relationship. It probably took two or three months, but I’m not really sure.”

Advice to potential mentors: “Don’t have any stereotypes. Have an open heart and an open mind, and be there to be a good role model to the young person.”

Bigs and Littles in the Tahoe-Truckee area have a range of fun new activities available to them for very affordable prices (if not free) due to the generosity of many members of our local business community. Businesses participating in the BBBSNC Match Advantage program give discounted or free admission to activities such as bowling, candle making, skiing or snowboarding, rock climbing, and museums, as well as movie rentals and dining.

Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous support of mentoring in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee region: Bowl Incline, the KidZone Museum, Villager Candle Shop, Donner Ski Ranch, the Sports Exchange, the Tahoe Maritime Museum, All the Best Video, New Moon Natural Foods and Front Street Station Pizza.

For more information or to sign your business up for the Match Advantage program, please call Dana Seaborg at (530) 587-7717.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County will hold a Truckee-Tahoe Fundraising Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sierra Sun offices (12315 Deerfield Dr., Suite 5 ” behind the Taco Bell and Chevron gas station near Donner Memorial State Park). Anyone interested in helping our agency brainstorm local fundraising ideas is encouraged to come and share your knowledge. We won’t be asking for donations, just help in putting together a local fundraising plan. For more information, please contact board member Paul Raymore at (530) 277-7894.

If you or someone you know would be interested in supporting our programs in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe region by becoming a Big, participating on our Board of Directors, serving on our Truckee-Tahoe Fundraising Committee, or making a financial contribution, have them contact Executive Director Dena Valin at (530) 273-2227 or director@bigsofnc.org. For more information, please see http://www.bigsofnc.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is a chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, a national non-profit agency dedicated to creating a volunteer base where every at-risk child and youth who needs and wants a mentor can be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. BBBSNC recently expanded its mentoring programs to the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe region, including the communities of Kings Beach and Tahoe City.

Are you a Facebook addict? Join the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County cause on Facebook and get program updates and show your support in the Tahoe-Truckee area. Go to http://apps.facebook.com/causes/ and search for “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County.”