A shortage of volunteers

Jul. 21, 2013 @ 03:14 PM

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle served 877 Littles in the Triangle last year.

Still, BBBST is facing a problem CEO Kim Breeden said is part of a national trend: a shortage of male volunteer mentors.

Of the 100 children in Durham County waiting to be matched with a Big, 80 are boys. The average wait time for boys in Durham County is almost 100 days longer than it is for those in Wake County, and it’s more than 100 days longer for those in Orange, Breeden said.

Telajuwon Pride, who lives in Durham, said he thinks he had to wait a few months to be matched with his “Big Brother,” Jonas Monast. Pride was 10 years old when they were matched; he’s now 17.

Breeden said there’s not as much marketing for the program in Durham, and that it’s hard for some people to make a yearlong commitment, the program’s minimum relationship length.

“That has to change. It really does,” Breeden said. “…The Durham community really has to step up and become Bigs.”

If you’d like to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, visit www.bbbstriangle.org/