Volunteers play an integral role in Big Brothers Big Sisters. We recognize and celebrate the contributions of each and every volunteer. Annually, we recognize volunteers who have made a great impact on our agency & mission.
Jack Turner Award Recipient - Barb Worzalla
Nominees - Molly Wilmsen, Sandy Zastrow, Ron Odejewski, Bob Matthews, Jeff Lodzinski
This award honors the Big Brother or Big Sister volunteer who stands out as an example among his
or her peers. Through unconditional acceptance this volunteer impacts their Little, inspires others,
and plays a role in the ongoing success of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Jack Martin Award Recipient - Jim Haferman
Nominees - Morgann Glazer, Rebekah Glazer
This award honors an outstanding member of our community who has consistently supported the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission. Their contribution may be as Board Member or Community Advocate. Jim Haferman, a past Board Member played an instrumental role in the early years of the agency and in establishing what is now known as Bowl for Kids Sake. Through the years, he has continued to advocate and support youth mentoring. Morgann and Rebekah are two young supporters who have demonstrated that it takes a community to support youth mentoring. For the past several years, these two young entrepreneurs have raised funds for youth mentoring through lemonade and bake sales as well as craft sales.
Congratulations to Barb Worzalla and Jim Haferman!
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Welcome to Big Brothers Big Sisters!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin currently serves Portage, Waushara and Marquette Counties.
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships.
A little History
For over a century, Big Brothers and Big Sisters have helped children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships with proven results.
In 1904, a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement. By 1916, Big Brothers had spread to 96 cities across the country.
At around the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were befriending girls who had come through the New York Children’s Court. That group would later become Catholic Big Sisters.
Both groups continued to work independently until 1977, when Big Brothers of America and Big Sisters International joined forces and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
More than a century later, Big Brothers Big Sisters remains true to our founders’ vision of bringing caring mentors into the lives of children. Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states … and in 12 countries around the world!