Big Brother Big Sisters Seeking Mentors

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County are calling on people to become mentors to local children.

Currently, more than 100 local kids are on the waiting list for mentors. The Harrisonburg-Rockingham County chapter is the largest of its kind in Virginia; however, federal money for the group is down.

In 2013, the group received $528,000 from donors and the government, but this year, the projected number is only $450,000, which is about 15 percent lower than 2013's total.

Thursday morning though, the group held an event to bring in more donations and get more volunteers.

James Madison University head football coach Everett Withers spoke at the event.

Susan Totty, the executive director for the chapter, said as a result of a reduction in federal money, Big Brothers Big Sisters may not be able to take in new children.

"Just this week, looking at those kids. Hearing those parents make those calls in wondering when their child will get their names on our list and knowing, that without those individual resources, we may not be able to take many new children in this fall," said Totty.


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