HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Big Brothers Big Sisters is now an official organization on the University of Southern Mississippi's campus.
The university's chapter is the only active one in the state and they hope to serve as inspiration for other colleges.
"We need mentors all over the state, all over the country," said Christopher Ferrell, program coordinator for the Center for Community and Civic Engagement at USM. "If we can make the steps and be the leading university in the state to promote this to our other institutions, then that feels good."
Students can now sign up to be big brothers or big sisters right on campus. They can also find more information on the organization.
"That's what made me want to start it here," said Kaleigh Gordon, president of BBBS at USM. "We need more college kids to do this. We can get a bunch more matches and a lot of happy children."
To raise money, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Pine Belt is hosting their annual Bowl for Kids' Sake event on April 27. To register a team or make a donation, click here.
During the month of April, BBBS is asking area businesses to encourage their employees to donate a dollar. Each business that chooses to participate will have a designated day to donate and will receive recognition. For more information, contact Angie Sides at 601-408-3629.