A virginia tech student and young child posing.
Emily Lewis (left) and her “little” Antwon (right) have been spending time together for more than three years. Lewis is a student at Virginia Tech.

For more than 60 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia has operated under the belief that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Virginia Tech employees are making that happen by generously donating to the local organization through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC). In 2013, 11 employees donated $1,224 to the organization.

“It costs about $1,000 to support one match for one year, and the need is great in the New River Valley. Big Brothers Big Sisters receives an incredible amount of support from the Virginia Tech community through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign," said Jessica Scaggs, marketing coordinator for the organization. "Donations from the 2013 campaign helped to support the School Based program in the New River Valley and served over 167 children in Montgomery County."

As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes monitored matches between adult volunteers (“bigs”) and children (“littles”), providing children facing adversity with a strong and enduring professionally supported relationship that change their lives for the better, forever. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters live in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated.

Independent studies have proven, according to Scaggs, the ongoing evaluation and support littles receive through the program improve the odds that they will perform better in school, avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters empowers children facing adversity to make choices that allow them to live out their full potential. A child with a caring mentor to support them is more likely to better in school, to avoid risky behaviors, and to have better relationships throughout their lives.”

A virginia tech student and young child posing.
Big Brother Alex King (left) spends time at a local park with his “little” Richard (right). King is a student at Virginia Tech.

In 2013, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia served more than 400 children across the community in the Roanoke County, Roanoke City, Salem, Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Radford, and Pulaski County areas.

Please consider donating to any of the 1,000 charities participating in this year’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. The online CVC Pledge System enables salaried Virginia Tech employees to make fast, easy, and secure donations via payroll deduction. All donations are tax deductible, as allowed by law.


First published on October 14, 2014.

Written by Employee Communications Manager Laura Neff-Henderson.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers and children in communities across the country. The matches develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Soutwest Virginia serves Montgomery, Pulaski, Floyd, Giles counties as well as the cities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford.