Not everyone has the same opportunities.
What children become when they grow up has a lot to do with the examples that are set for them and the role models they have as a child.
“We’re helping to even out that playing field a little bit,” said Sylvia Hawkins, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central West Virginia, one of the 21 member agencies of the United Way of Marion County.
BBBS is a national organization that helps match adult volunteers with children from single-parent families, creating bonds that can last for life.
“It’s just been a good experience overall,” said Heather Moebus, who has been matched with her current Little Sister, Martha, for two years now. She said it’s about “helping kids through what they need helped through.”
Big Brothers and Big Sisters spend time doing everyday activities with their Little Brothers or Little Sisters.
“People say that they don’t have time, but it’s not about that,” Moebus said. “Any time you can give is good.”
In the past few months, she and Martha have done projects like carve pumpkins for Halloween or spend a day at the Wow Factory in Morgantown, but some days they may cook s’mores in a firepit or sit at home and play video games or board games. Martha said she has fun no matter what they do.
“It’s just a matter of doing things that you enjoy doing,” Hawkins said, “with a child along.”
When it comes to spending time with her Little Sister, she said, “my whole family gets involved.”
Martha is Moebus’ second Little Sister. Her first, whom she spent three years with, is 17 now, and Moebus said they still keep in touch.
Big Brothers Big Sisters evens playing field for children
Not everyone has the same opportunities.
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From the White House and the U.S. Capitol to West Virginia’s State Capitol and Mountaineer Field, the best centennial program in West Virginia
What group from West Virginia did President John F. Kennedy greet at the White House to kick off West Virginia’s centennial year celebration?
The “West Virginia Centennial Parade of Flags” from Marion County!
New after-school project pursued
For the past 10 years, students at Rivesville Elementary and Middle School have enjoyed the opportunity to attend Project Isaac (Increasing Student Achievement, Advancing Communities), an after-school program that provides a meal, homework help, and enrichment and social activities to those who attend.
Pleasant Valley looking to future
The City of Pleasant Valley recently had its first reading of its 10-Year Plan, a document intended to promote the growth and development of the city into the future.
“Everything looks to be on track,” said Jeff Boyles, president of the planning commission.
Mannington Relay for Life: ‘Something beyond cancer’: PHOTOS
It’s about hope.
Friday afternoon, the Mannington Relay for Life celebrated its third year overall raising money to discover a cure, to remember loved ones and to rejoice with survivors after yet another year.
Horton not guilty on all four counts
Not guilty on all four counts.
A Marion County jury acquitted William Michael Horton Jr. of two counts each of nighttime burglary and first-degree robbery carried over from a December 2011 trial stemming from a botched robbery attempt in June 2010.
Fairmont in ‘world’s weather network’
The West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation’s involvement in several weather programs has positioned Fairmont as a major player in the “world’s weather network.”
Two ejected in Route 250 accident
A single-vehicle accident on U.S. 250 Friday afternoon sent the car’s two passengers to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
Deputy Erdie of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department said the vehicle was traveling south on U.S. 250 when the driver lost control at about 1:30 p.m.
PDC employees volunteer time in ‘Energizing Our Community’
Following a successful debut campaign in 2012, PDC Energy, an independent natural gas and oil company who has a local office in Bridgeport, decided to participate in their second annual “Energizing Our Community Program” on Friday.
Capias arrest warrant issued for Shaquille Lewis
A capias arrest warrant has been issued for Shaquille Lewis, the 19-year-old cousin of William Horton.
Lewis had been subpoenaed to testify at his cousin’s trial, which ended Friday in a four-count “not guilty” verdict.
Horton found not guilty on all four counts
A Marion County jury found William Michael Horton Jr. not guilty on two counts of nighttime burglary and two counts of nighttime robbery.
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