A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County to celebrate the agency’s new office in Hamilton, 1755 S. Erie Blvd., Suite B.
Congressman Warren Davidson, R-Troy, and City Manager Joshua Smith joined Big Brother Big Sisters CEO Carolyn Winslow and other public officials at the event.
Winslow is pleased with the new location,, and she spoke with the Journal-News regarding the organization’s mission “to provide a mentor for every child who wants and needs one.”
“We have about 200 kids right now waiting to have a big brother or big sister in their lives, and we need people so step up and give some hours during the week — at least 2-to 4 hours — and you can change the kids’ lives when you get involved,” Winslow said.
Davidson said it was great to see the agency grow into its new headquarters in Hamilton and the work that Big Brothers Big Sisters doing is important to the community.
“Thank you Carolyn for the work that you and your staff does,” Davidson said. “It is very important that you are serving the community and helping kids find a big brother and big sister.”
Smith was equally impressed with the agency and Winslow’s efforts and committed to joining the effort as well.
“This is fantastic for the community, and I am willing to say right now that I will commit to being a Big Brother,” Smith said.
Winslow said the agency has helped many young people lead better lives and break the cycle of poverty, violence, hopelessness and abuse.
“We just need the volunteers to step up and give some time during the week,” she said.
She also pointed out that youth from racial minorities were most strongly influenced by having a Big Brother or Big Sister and were less likely to fall prey to criminal activity or drug use.