Big Brothers Big Sisters office manager, Julie Diede, gets to see firsthand how much child-mentor relationships can enhance one’s well-being. As the first point of contact for potential clients and volunteers, Julie is also in charge of completing required paperwork, coordinating schedules, and other office duties.
One of the best parts of her job, Julie says, is getting to see the strong friendships develop between a Big and a Little. “I know we are making a difference for the kids who are involved in our program,” Julie says. “One former Little was matched more than eight years ago, and since he’s too old to be a Little, he’s now a Big himself.” These stories are common.
Julie says she also spends a lot of time coordinating fundraisers and facilitating Advisory Committee meetings, all tasks she finds energizing because she knows the end result will be more children given the opportunity to experience the value of a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentorship.
“I want donors to know their dollars are making a true difference in the lives of children in our community. BBBS provides children with a life-changing friendship that can positively impact the child and the volunteer,” she says.