JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The first year can often be tough for a non-profit organizations trying to get their name out there. The Jonesboro Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Arkansas is pushing to gain momentum in the community. To make sure the organization can stand the test of time, it meant some changes had to be made.
"We have done some restructuring recently to make sure that all the finances are stable to make sure Jonesboro will have a big brothers big sisters for many years to come," said Big Brothers Big Sisters Recruit Leader Grant Cagle
Roughly six months in operation, Cagle is proud of what the organization has accomplished.
"I've seen such great results from our matches right now. I think it's really benefiting everybody. They're coming out of their shell, getting new experiences," said Cagle.
Mollie Parker and her "little" Felicity were the first match made in the Jonesboro chapter.
"It has been absolutely a blessing to be Felicity's big sis. We've had so much fun. She was kind of quiet at first and I was like I'm really going to have to break her out of her shell. But now she running around. We have so much fun. We've really found out we have so much in common.," said Parker.
And Cagle says seeing relationships like this one is what Big Brothers Big Sisters it's all about.
"This program has great capacity to reach many more children. It costs about $1,000 to sustain a match over it's lifetime and so it's important that we have that financial backing for the program," said Cagle.
Not only to ensure that the program is here for a long time, but so matches can last as long as the can.
If you're interested in volunteering or want to donate to the cause, just got to http://bigbrothersbigsistersnca.org/