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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wood Co. in need of volunteers


Lee Schaefer has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters four about 7 years.

"I do like children because of the things they come up with. You know, your life is never dull when you've got a child around, believe me," said Schaefer.

Even though the mentoring program has loyal volunteers, leaders say it isn't enough.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wood County has seen an increasing number of children, and now, they need help.

"It's difficult, and we have talked a few of our Bigs right now into taking 2 children," said Lisa Larson, Wood County Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director.

Officials say they have 75 children currently waiting to be matched with a Big, and that's caused the staff to have to pick up some of the slack.

Larson says it's important to let those children know someone is there for them.

Mentors and children are matched based on similar interests.

Leaders say sometimes all the children need is someone to talk to.

"I think they like the idea of somebody else caring for them, you know, and somebody who listens to them," said Schaefer.

His little brother, Austin Reid, 13, agrees.

"You can tell them if there's something stressing you out, and it works, and it gives you something to relax about so you don't have all the weight on your shoulders," said Reid.

And the program isn't just important to the kids. The mentors get a lot out of it as well.

"Your life is fulfilled more, you know, like you've got a purpose in life. You know, I mean, you can make somebody happy," said Schaefer.

And leaders say they hope people will take on a small commitment to make a big difference.

For more information on how to get involved, visit

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