Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida knows how to meet a goal (PNJ)

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Ben Murphy, left, answered the call for “100 Men in 100 Days.” He will mentor Wesley, 8, who has been on the waiting list for a BIG Brother for more than a year.

With a grant from IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, the organization pledged to match 100 boys with a Big Brother within 100 days. As of July 26 — day 100 — 135 male mentors have stepped up to volunteer in the lives of local boys.

The “100 Men in 100 Days” initiative was part of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ overall strategy for keeping children in school and away from drugs and crime. The majority of the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters live in single-parent households. Each child’s circumstance is different, but they all need a positive adult role model.

According to Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Paula Shell, our community will be forever changed by those who volunteer.

“In addition to providing some guidance in navigating through life, these men will expand their Little’s view of what it means to be a man,” Shell said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank Impact 100 for the grant, which provided funds for the “100 Men in 100 Days” campaign. They would also like to thank the local community for stepping up to the challenge of becoming mentors as well as their media partners.

To learn more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, visit www.DoALotForALittle.org, call the office at 433-5437 or visit 1149 Creighton Road, Suite 1.