Empty-nester finds new fulfillment mentoring as Big Sister



Posted on February 20, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 3:40 PM

By Gary Roedemeir

An empty-nester can be the perfect person to volunteer as a Big Brother or Big Sister.

After all, they have previous parenting experience and some newly-found free time.

Liz Kaminski is a former school teacher, who has sent two daughters off to college; so she found a new little girl, 12 year old Chyna.

It's the season of strikes and spares for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. By Bowling for Kids sake, bowlers are raising money to fund more matches.

The matches also pitch in through February and march at places like Rose Bowl on Goldsmith Lane.

And it gets Liz Kaminski out doing things that she wouldn't ordinarily be doing. It's like being a kid again, seeing life through the eyes of a 12-year-old named Chyna; and already Liz seems like more than a big sister.

And the things to do are not that hard to plan; Big Brothers and Big Sisters is ready with advice.

And Chyna and her Big Sister, Liz, are happy doing something or nothing. Chyna admits her bowling game could be better, but her big sister was ready to give her pointers and then show her how to pick a complicated spare.

That's the way it's done when you lead by example and spend your time Bowling for Kids Sake.

If you'd like to volunteer as a Big Brother or Big Sister, you can become a mentor by calling 1-877-588-2300.

Web story published by Chris Wright