October 2020 Match of the Month
Congratulations to Big Sister Elena Koss and her Little Sister Eva for being chosen as October’s Match of the Month! Every month, Big Brothers Big Sisters selects a “match” to be featured. This is a special recognition that is given to a different match each month to honor their dedication to each other and to the organization. To celebrate, Elena and Eva were treated to free sandwiches courtesy of Subway.
Elena and Eva were matched as Big and Little in January, 2020 and have been building a strong friendship since. Elena recalls that during the girls’ introduction meeting, they had smiles on their faces the entire time. Eva pointed out that when she first met Elena, she was a bit nervous but that Elena was so nice, allowing Eva to quickly feel comfortable. Their friendship has continued to grow from then on! Some of their favorite times spent together included drawing, playing card games, FaceTiming and attending the Big Brothers Big Sisters picnic this past summer.
Elena is a senior at Roncalli high school and is the youngest out of the four kids in her family. She is involved in volleyball, gymnastics and soccer. Elena
decided to become a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program because she has always wanted to have a younger sibling. Eva is a 5th grade student through a homeschooled program. Some of Eva’s hobbies are drawing, painting and writing. Eva wanted to be in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program because she felt that she needed someone to talk to and spend one-on-one time with. Both of the girls expressed how much they love having each other and being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Recently, the two were able to make the switch to the School-Based Plus program, which is a transition between School-Based Program, (where matches only meet at/ during school) and the Community Based Program, (where matches only meet outside of school) that allows Elena and Eva to spend time both during the school day and outside of school! They are excited about how this transition will continue to develop their relationship even more.
Elena and Eva want to encourage others to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters. They have both gained new experiences from participating in the organization as they continue making a positive impact on one another and their community. Big Brothers Big Sisters is dedicated to ensure each volunteer is paired with a child who has similar hobbies and interests. Being a ‘Big’ takes only an hour a week but can have a lifetime impact. If you would like to learn more or get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, please contact the Manitowoc agency at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (920) 684-7445.