• Special to the Leader & Times
WICHITA – National Volunteer Week started Sunday and runs through Saturday. This week, Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to take a moment to thank all of the volunteers who have started something for a child in Seward, Haskell and Stevens counties.
“We have more than 80 volunteers in Liberal who donate their time to help a child in need. They may spend an hour a week with a child in school or they may dedicate a little more time with them taking them to the movies, playing games or attending LHS or SCCC sporting events” said Kerry Seibel, executive director of BBBS of Seward, Haskell and Stevens Counties.
Research shows these volunteers are making a huge difference in the lives of children across Kansas and all across the nation.
According to a study conducted by Public/Private Ventures, children in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are:
o 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs
o 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol
o 52 percent less likely to skip school
The study also found that Little Brothers and Sisters are less likely to lie to their parents and more likely to earn better grades in school.