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"Make A Difference": Volunteering | Larry and Tabari with Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Listen: Last of three pieces from Big Brothers Big Sisters (if you missed the first two, spend some time with Rick & Mequon or Margaret & Bethany)! A few weeks ago, we heard about Harley-Davidson's Corporate volunteering program, where Harley donates a couple hours of their employee's time every week, allowing them to take on a volunteering opportunity (hear about what Reid and Valerie are doing with Junior Achievement). Larry is another Harley employee who takes advantage of this program, spending time with his little brother Tabari on a weekly basis at Mary McLeod Bethune Academy through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Kiontis (my little brother) and I found Larry and Tabari in the library, diligently hitting the books (they were actually doing some math problems -- inequalities to be exact). We chatted a bit about what they do together, and then hit the gym where we played a game of lightning. Meet Larry and Tabari:

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Seeing as this is the last BBBS post, I want to leave with a short conclusion -- with each of these three pieces, I wanted to get across the fact that, yes, being a mentor is rewarding, but with these guys, it's also a good time. Realistically, we could have picked just about any match and had just as much fun. Why am I a Big Brother? I get to connect with what it's like to be a kid -- I have plenty of adult stuff to deal with on a daily basis and being a Big Brother is a chance to let go while at the same time making an impact in a young person's life. Not bad.

Want to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters? No time is better than the present -- they're smack dab in the middle of their "Match-A-Thon," which means they're trying to match 100 mentors to kids before the new year. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister today!