Caring for Katy & Dylan, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Highlands-Cashiers
Big, Franklin Ingram with little, Katy

January is National Mentoring Month, so it seems fitting to highlight some of our awesome matches. Franklin Ingram and Mary Adair Trumbly have served as Big Brother and Big Sister to siblings, Dylan and Katy, for the past year and a half.  In this time, they have built a relationship through shared activities and unique experiences.  They spend time consistently with their Littles, talking to them, sharing a meal, and exploring new things like operas and ballet at The Performing Arts Center in Highlands, crafts and art lessons at The Bascom, and spending time with horses at a horse sanctuary.  These mentors are great role models and help provide their Littles with opportunities to immerse themselves in this community through service and volunteer work and have lead them to this desire to give back through their example.   

Dylan and Katy have expressed their appreciation for their Bigs because they are dependable and kind people who are invested in their lives and want the best for them. Having a mentor has helped Dylan and Katy to feel more connected to the community, and more content and adjusted in moving to a small town.  This Fall, Katy was named Student of the Month for her middle school.  This was celebrated with pride, as Mary Adair bragged about Katy to everyone in the community from Rotary to church and everywhere between!  Basking in the glow of a young person’s success is, no doubt, one of the greatest rewards of mentoring.

We are always looking for additional mentors of all ages who would like to commit to being a part of a child’s life.  Our Cashiers branch offers both school-based and community-based programs that allow our volunteers flexibility and fun. The school-based program takes place in either Blue Ridge or Summit Charter School and allows mentors the opportunity to assist children with academics and social skills.  The community-based program is available in Highlands and Cashiers and enables mentors the freedom to participate in activities that occur after-school or on the weekends.

If you want to learn more about mentoring through BBBS, please contact Elizabeth Spaulding at cashiers@bbbswnc.org.