Greg Found His Match!
Greg Schmidt is a hero. Greg became involved with Family Services’ Big Friends Little Friends program in 2018 as a way to contribute to his community. Big Friends Little Friends is a program that matches caring adult mentors with young people who could benefit from a positive adult role model. The goal of the program is to develop the potential of young people through support, guidance and friendship
Greg was matched with Ben in 2018 and over the last two years they have created a special bond with each other – and their respective families! In Greg’s own words, “Mentoring is a highly efficient means to impact your community. It is not abstract, rather it is very hands-on….Mentoring has made the most substantive impact on me personally. I have Ben to thank for much of that, plus kudos to Valorie (mentoring staff) for her original matchmaking and continuing guidance and unwavering optimism.”
When the pandemic hit in March 2020, that didn’t stop Greg and Ben from finding ways to connect with each other. They connect virtually, over-the-phone, engage in outdoor visits in-person when it is safe to do so, and also joining in the monthly activities organized by the BFLF staff!
Greg will also be participating in this year’s Bowl-A-Strike for Kids to help raise the money needed to support our mentoring programs! When asked why he bowls each year, Greg said, “to have fun with friends and family, increase awareness of Family Services’ mentoring programs, cajole my friends and family to support the organization, and to add to m
y t-shirt collection!”
Thank you, Greg, for your commitment and dedication to Family Services!