What Do You Give That Transforms Your Life?

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Today I have a special guest:

Rhonda Staley-Brooks- President and CEO of Big Brothers Big sisters of the greater Sacramento area.

We give a lot of tips and benefits to people who watch our videos, but one of the things I love recommending to people is taking time out of their day to volunteer.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about Big Brothers Big Sisters and what a great organization it is?

Rhonda: Big Brothers Big Sisters:

– Has been serving children in this area for over 50 years.

– Is a national organization with over 327 chapters

– Has been around for over 100 years.

Jason: I have actually been a Big brother since 2000 and the reason why I am a HUGE fan of BBBS is that it is an amazing organization! Volunteering for them is TRANSFORMATIONAL.

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When I first started, I thought I was just going to help out a child who needed a good influence in their life – and you said this is a common occurrence. People sign up thinking they are just going to give and be a part of a child’s life who doesn’t have a father figure or somebody influential for them and they sign up initially thinking they are just going to give to the program but really they get more out of it than they ever expected.

What else do people get out of volunteering with BBBS?

Rhonda: A lot of our volunteers come and say,

“I want to give back. I want to take a child and change their life and make a difference.”

What the volunteers find out is it really makes a difference in THEIR own life too. The volunteer gets out of it so much more than they put in.

Jason: I completely agree! It’s huge! We talk to many people about transformation and I always say:

One of the best ways to create transformation in your own life is by selflessly giving back at some level to others.

A lot of people get concerned about this. Some people feel that they don’t have anything to give. What do you normally say to people that say something to that effect?

Rhonda: We do hear a lot of objections. For example:

“I don’t have time”

“I don’t have money”

“I have kids of my own.”

However, the commitment to BBBS can be as little as:

  • ONE HOUR A WEEK where you can be a site based Big at one of our school sites.
  • 3 HOURS EVERY OTHER WEEK where you can be a community based big

There is not a “one size fits all” when it comes to volunteering. We can work with just about anybody’s schedule.

Again, there is such huge value and benefit for these kids. A lot of children have not had anybody in their life that has been stable or has been a good influence for them and so even if you don’t think you have a lot to give, believe it or not, just by being available, consistent, reliable and able to be around for that kid will really make a huge difference in their life.

What is the ideal person for you that you would want to call and sign up?

Rhonda: Our volunteers are as young as 15 years old and up to as old as 76. If that’s you, give us a call!

We are looking for a 1 year commitment and someone who is going to be dedicated to that child.

These children come primarily from single parent families so they have a hard working, single parent in their household, and they need to see some other adults in their life as well.

Jason: I know that if you are reading this, you are a hard working adult, otherwise you wouldn’t be taking time out of your day to learn how to grow yourself and how to better your business.

I am personally going to encourage all of you who are slightly interested, and I am talking specifically to all the MEN out there. If you have not checked out all of the information about Big Brothers Big Sisters, I highly recommend that you do.

It is an amazing organization and it changes the lives of those kids and believe it or not, it will change your life as well. If you want to create transformation in your life, call Big Brothers Big Sisters.

They can be reached at:

(916) 646-9300

www.BBBS-sac.org
www.BBBS.org

(if your not in Sac Region, find us by your zip code)

You can check it out no matter what area of the country you are in. If you are out of the country there might be programs that are similar in your area.

I hope this was beneficial and helped you understand a little bit more about what volunteering can do.

If you have questions or comments about BBBS post them in the comment section below and we will happily answer them and point you on the right path