Community Involvement

Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Salvation Army

I believe giving to others is important. If you can make some time for a charitable cause, donate money or give back in some manner for all that you have, it is a good thing. I think it is a good practice to do good as often as you see an opportunity.

I’m a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. It is a TERRIFIC organization with many ways people can become involved and donate their time. Being a BIG is a one on one mentoring relationship with a child and the match hopefully lasts until the child graduates from school or becomes a legal adult. Kids in the program definitely benefit in so many ways.  For instance, they achieve better grades, higher self-esteem, acquire better socialization skills and coping mechanisms and are less likely to use tobacco products, drugs and alcohol. Being a positive role model can really set a child onto a better path than perhaps they are headed  and it truly benefits the Littles AND the Bigs! Often matches stay friends and involved in each other’s lives for decades after the match is closed which is wonderful. 

I am immersed in a mentoring relationship with a little girl from Washington County PA where I live. We are having a BALL. Of course I have exposed her to some baking and confection making and as her interests grow, I will show her more about our farm, the animals, growing fruits, herbs and vegetables and COOKING.

We paint and hide rocks, do crafts, talk about life and her school work, go to movies, have gone to see live theater, visited the zoo and historical places.  I have so much I CAN teach.  I try not to overwhelm her.

We have participated in activities with the Washington Salvation Army and I saw as one of the MANY services they offer, youth cooking classes. Well, you can imagine that is right up my alley so from time to time, I have and will continue to teach middle school kids some cool recipes and give them some insights on nutrition.

I also ring the bell at Christmastime which is when they do a MASSIVE push for fundraising. They do SO many different activities for families that this is indeed a very worthy charity and I am thrilled to help support them.

I am grateful to serve on the Washington County Advisory Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) which has allowed me the opportunity to help plan and execute many annual fundraisers. I was honored to be awarded as the 2018 Board member of the Year and plan to continue to help out as fervently as possible!

I am exploring an idea to teach cooking and nutrition classes to a local women’s shelter and will share information on that in the near future.

Shots from the Salvation Army Cooking Class

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