Q&A with Big Brothers Big Sisters director Jeri Swinton

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by Doug Proffitt

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 19, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 19 at 8:44 PM

(WHAS11)  Over the past twenty years, WHAS11 has been working hard to help young people grow up to be great, involved adults in Kentuckiana, by reporting on Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.
 

But as the program has grown, so have the questions from people who are considering turning over their time, to help a young person live their dreams.
 

I get asked one particular question a lot; so as I was walking with the longtime director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, I asked her, “Who pays the bills?  Are the volunteers who mentor charged any fees?”
 

The answer was no.  Swinton said that groups all over town donate tickets to BBBS, and recently Kosair Charities gave $1 million, no strings attached, to operate BBBS, now in brand new offices on Gardiner Lane.
 

That local office employs nearly forty people to manage and take care of 2,000 volunteer matches; and they question them often.
 

The cornerstone of BBBS is the lengthy background check.
 

From the children’s artwork decorating the walls, to a playroom for employee’s children, the emphasis here is on the well-being of kids.
 

If you want to help a young person become a great adult, the organization needs your help as a volunteer.  The phone number to call is 1-877-588-2300.

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