Mary Alice Reporting: (New Philadelphia, Ohio) A new line of communication is open for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of East Central Ohio, especially for about 20 children waiting on a mentor.

BBBS is accepting applications from area residents, thanks to a partnership with, to become a pen pal with Littles who are on the programs overflow list.

BBBS CEO Beverly Pearch says that there are about 20 kids in Tuscarawas County who are waiting to connect with a community-based mentor.

“These kids can sometimes wait up to a year to have a mentor. So, our thought was, we could send letters and write letters to our waiting Littles so that they could developing a relationship outside of the immediate family prior to their match.”

Newsymom Executive Director Michaela Madison points out that the Pen Pal Program allows community members to make an impact.

“Communicating with these children through letters and it obviously encourages penmanship, and I think it’s just a really exciting and unique way to get those kids some interaction immediately.”

Pen Pal mentors will go through an application process, with confidentiality maintained through Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

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