As you probably know, I have been a Big Brother to Matt for over 20 years. He is not technically my "little" anymore -- he traded that title for 'Uncle Matt' to my kids and 'friend' to me years ago. Matt was 10 when we first met. Over the ensuing 21 years, I have had the opportunity to teach him to play drums, ride a skateboard, overcome his fear of roller coasters, and the importance of taking interest in others, even if he had a lot on his own plate to deal with. Matt's father left when he was very young. Fortunately, he had a mother who loved him with all her heart. Matt is naturally intelligent and had a drive to thrive. Thrive he did. He eventually graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in computer science and now has a very successful career in technology. Unfortunately, Matt's mom passed away unexpectedly last year, but she left satisfied and proud knowing that her boy really made it. Throughout the years before she passed, she tried to give me credit for Matt's success. The truth is, he just needed a little push in the right direction in order to reach his potential. I am forever grateful that JBBBS gave me the opportunity to be Matt's big brother. I am deeply proud of him and am thankful for the impact he has made on my life.
Impassioned to help other ‘littles’ and fellow ‘bigs’ find success after their match has formally ended, I decided to join the Board of JBBBS. I am reaching out to a select group of friends and colleagues to ask for your consideration to support JBBBS. Your support will create more matches like mine and Matt's and the over 250 others that are served each year. Your support might mean attending an upcoming event, or if you are inclined to donate, any amount is greatly appreciated!
BTW, if you’ve made it this far, I really appreciate you taking the time to have read this. :) Thanks again!
*If you cannot make a gift at this time, please consider donating your time and becoming a Big. Apply today at: www.jbbbsla.org/volunteer
The mission of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA) is to assist youth in achieving their full potential through innovative, impactful programs that facilitate lasting mentoring relationships and support positive development. JBBBSLA runs community-based mentoring programs, offers college scholarships, and owns and operates Camp Bob Waldorf, a 112-acre residential camp and retreat center in the Verdugo Hills of Glendale.