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Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for Volunteers

WOOD COUNTY (WAOW) -- Olivia says getting a visit from her big sister, Pam, is something she looks forward to every week.

"Visiting her house and playing pretty, pretty princess that's my favorite game," Olivia Hardesty said.

It's all part of the big brothers big sisters program in Wood County, but with more than 100 kids wanting to join, organizers say there's just not enough volunteers to match them up with.

"The trouble we're having is you know finding the volunteers. For every volunteer that we probably have two or three that we can add to our waiting list, said Lisa Larson.

Lisa Hardesty is a single parent and says the program allows both her kids, and grand kids, to have someone else to look up to.

"It means the most, I guess, to my son who has a male role model to be around because his dad's not here," said Lisa Hardesty.

Each one is paired up with an adult based on his or her interests.

Lisa Larson is the director of the program in Wood County. She said there are currently about 50 kids waiting to call someone their big brother or sister.

"Parents who take different shifts and different jobs, you know, the kids are just in need of a little more attention," Larson said.

She said part of the reason is the jump in families signing up during the summer, coupled with difficult economic times. She said she hopes more volunteers join the program so they don't have to turn anyone down.

"We would love to grow, you know and serve the kids on our waiting list, it's growing so we know that there's a need. And we would love to be able to say hey you know what, we don't have a waiting list anymore," said Larson.

Online Reporter: Courtney Fasano

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