A Collaboration Built on Faith and Expertise
In 2011, KIDS HOPE USA and Big Brothers Big Sisters came to the agreement that they could serve more children, more effectively, working together than they could apart. This momentous step set the stage for collaborative impact unlike anything ever undertaken by the two institutions. Together, Big Brothers Big Sisters and KIDS HOPE USA have formed the Big Hope Network, a program designed to combine the best of both of these organizations into one cohesive model specifically designed for the church.
BIG HOPE Network and FUMC of Arlington
FUMC of Arlington joined the Big Hope Network in 2012 with a funding grant from the Arlington Tomorrow Fund. Big Hope mentors are church members who are trained, matched, and supervised in ongoing, one-to-one relationship with an at-risk child at Webb Elementary. Mentors are trained to use a weekly hour visit during the school year to build a relationship focused on the emotional and social needs that can seriously limit the ability of their child to learn.
Below are the ways you can volunteer with Big Hope:
- Mentor – visit a child one hour a week at school during the school year
- Prayer Partner – be the person who upholds the child, the mentor, and relationship in life-changing prayer
- Substitute Mentor – be available to stand in for a mentor who must miss a session
Big Hope at FUMC of Arlington
To volunteer with Big Hope or if you have any questions, please contact Tolli Macalik, Big Hope director at FUMC of Arlington, at 817-274-2571.