Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands (BBBS) met their campaign goal of “30 Guys in 30 Days” to recruit more male mentors on the Cape & Martha’s Vineyard. Extending their campaign into April allowed them to serve more boys from their waitlist in the regions they serve.
“I am truly impressed by the number of men in our community who stepped forward to become a mentor,” says JR Mell, Regional Director for BBBS. “This campaign was very successful and has allowed us to match some of our boys who have waited longer than normal. However, the need for male mentors is still there.”
He noted that BBBS has matched nearly all the men who have become volunteers from the campaign, but with over 50 boys remaining on their waitlist, and 11 more referred since the campaign launched, the need hasn’t diminished.
Mell credits many of their community partners for their help in spreading the message. Primarily the Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod (CLI) who hosted a recruitment table with Sail Cape Cod at their “Ale Away Event”. In addition, video testimonials from The Cape Cod Foundation, The Cape & Islands United Way, Barnstable Police Department & current Bigs helped to drive interest on their social media channels.
Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more can visit the BBBS website: www.CapeBigs.org. Groups or organizations who may want to help with volunteer recruitment may contact JR Mell, Regional Director at [email protected] or 508-771-5150 x101.