By Paul Schmitt
A site-based program developed six years ago at Southern Door schools has grown to impact dozens of children’s lives. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Door County offers weekly visits by high school students during the school year with elementary students as young as second grade. Patty O’Rourke, the Door County coordinator, says the program has really taken off and participants stay connected over the summer.
O’Rourke says community-based matches outside the school setting can have activities like a grocery store visit, a cookout, a bike ride or going to a movie. She says there are over 100 matches all over Door County right now. You can find contact information on becoming a Big Brothers or Big Sisters in Door County and/or volunteer for upcoming events below.
Thursday, June 7 – Big Brothers Big Sisters Brat Fry at Marchant’s Meats, Sturgeon Bay – serving from 11am to 1:30pm – enjoy a yummy brat for lunch, and proceeds will benefit our Door County program
Saturday, June 16 – The Red Putter turns “purple” for the day – 10am to 10pm – $1 per game AND $1 per hole-in-one will be donated to our Door County program
Monday, June 25 – Door County Tavern League 4 Person Scramble at Maxwelton Braes, Baileys Harbor – 11am shotgun start – our Door County program is one of the charity partners for this event. Form a team, and enjoy the day, including raffles, betting holes, and a picnic supper around 5pm.
Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 – Help needed, passing out water and Gatorade to runners in the Door County Triathlon – All volunteers receive a free t-shirt, and are welcome to stop down to Murphy Park before or after their shift for free food in the food tent (pulled pork sandwiches, corn on the cob and beer/soda). Door County BBBS is one of the charity partners.
For more information about these, and other ways to volunteer, call Patty O’Rourke: (920) 489-3545.