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Big Brothers Big Sisters in need of mentors

11:03 PM, Dec. 7, 2012
Zach Noll, 13, of Stratford checks out the dragon he painted with his Big Sister, Rika Schmelzer, at Firehouse Ceramics on Friday. The two have been Big Sister/Little Brother for about 5 years, since Zach was in second grade, when they started as school buddies.
Zach Noll, 13, of Stratford checks out the dragon he painted with his Big Sister, Rika Schmelzer, at Firehouse Ceramics on Friday. The two have been Big Sister/Little Brother for about 5 years, since Zach was in second grade, when they started as school buddies.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wood County is in desperate need of volunteers.

The agency's waiting list for children needing a big brother or sister currently stands at 52, double what it normally experiences throughout the year. The Big Brothers Big Sisters program matches adult volunteers, "bigs," with children, "littles," typically between four and 15 years old.

"We're not exactly sure why we're seeing an increase in children; it could have something to do with the economy," said Lisa Larson, the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wood County. "We're seeing a lot more ...

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