By Jennifer Rudo, Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Match Coordinator
There’s little doubt that social distancing has put a strain on the social, emotional and mental well-being of all of us—which is why connection is more important now than ever. Connection increases happiness while making you feel valued. We are so thankful that during social distancing, our Bigs (Big Brothers and Big Sisters) have found creative and fun ways to stay connected to their Littles (Little Brothers and Little Sisters).
In addition to weekly check-ins, many of our Bigs are mailing letters with self -addressed stamped envelopes and coloring pages to our youngest Littles that don’t have a lot to say by phone. Some who live within walking distance to one another are doing a curbside hand wave and those that have computers, have zoomed together and play online games like Scrabble and Words with Friends.
Jewish Community Services is so lucky to have volunteer Bigs that are so committed to their Littles. Everyone is working hard to keep a sense of normalcy and our mentors play a meaningful role in this. During this dynamic and ever evolving situation, it is so impressive to see our Bigs finding new and engaging ways to stay connected with their Littles.
If you are interested in arranging for a child to have a Jewish Big Brother or Big Sister, or would like more information, please call 410-843-7453 or visit http://www.jcsbalt.org/.
Jennifer Rudo is JCS’ Match Coordinator/Community Engagement Health Educator/Prevention Services
During this very challenging COVID-19 pandemic, please know that JCS professionals are available to help. If you need guidance, resources, or assistance, please call the JCS Access Line at 410-466-9200 or email email@example.com. Staff are answering calls Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm and Fridays, 8:30 am-3:00 pm. If you need guidance, resources, or assistance, please call the JCS Access Line at 410-466-9200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff are answering calls Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm and Fridays, 8:30 am-3:00 pm.