“Individually we are one drop, together we are an ocean,” a quote by Ryunosuke Satoro.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio runs on a passionate team that remains committed and determined to positively influence the lives of local children. That team stretches from the CEO to staff members, to volunteers, to the organization’s board.
One of the many individuals that drive the organization forward is Denise McConnell. Denise is the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board President.
She is works for the Ramada by Wyndham and lives in Dover and she has served on the BBBS board since 2009.
Back in 2009, Denise began looking for opportunities to become more involved in the community. She had a friend that served on the BBBS board and so she reached out and expressed interest in joining the team. And as they say, the rest is history! “I really believe in the mission and think there is a huge need for positive mentoring services in our area,” she explained.
Denise added that the importance of BBBS in the community is that it provides positive mentoring services to youth that are in need of someone to help them realize their potential or those kids that just need a friend to talk to and to spend time with. “I enjoy seeing the impact we have on the children in our community,” she said. “I like to help with our events and fundraisers so that we can continue to grow and provide much-needed services.”
The BBBS organization continues to grow and is able to serve more and more children through both the community-based program and school-based program. “Every child needs someone to defend their potential, and I believe that is what the staff and board strive to do every day,” added Denise.
Denise continues to serve the BBBS organization because she wants to share with the community the good work BBBS does and help promote the need for services in the community. “I hope to make decisions as a board member that always have the best interest of the children in our community at heart. It really is inspiring to see how giving time to a child can impact their lives,” she explained.
You can learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters and how to become a mentor or volunteer here.