At their last meeting in August 2020, Germantown Kiwanis donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, providing a check to complete a “match” here in Germantown. They awarded a ceremonial check to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County for $750 to fund a “match” of a Big Brother with a Germantown boy who wants to be able to spend time with a “role model” member of the community. The young boy said he wants his Big Brother to take him to Sky Zone, a Trampoline Park in Waukesha.
The check for $750 was presented to Jaymee Harvey Willms, Executive Director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County by James Barnes, Germantown Kiwanis Treasurer. Ms. Harvey Willms told the Germantown Kiwanis group that the cost of funding a “match” between a Big Brother and Little Brother is about $1,500. They needed the extra funding to complete this match in Germantown. She also indicated that there were two more children in Germantown currently awaiting a match.
When a child is being raised in a one-parent household it is often beneficial for the child to have a Big Brother or Big Sister as a mentor. They will “hang out” together two days a month to get to know each other. The average match lasts three years, says Harvey Willms.
Anyone wishing to receive more information about Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Washington County may call (262) 334-7896.