Tom Kozlowicz knows that being a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program can be an extremely rewarding experience.
“Helping others really leads to a positive sense of self worth. I truly believe that in giving, you are receiving,” he said.
As a young man Kozlowicz volunteered with the AmeriCorps VISTA program and established a mentoring program on a Native American reservation. When he moved to Yorkville, he looked for a similar way to get involved in the community. Thinking back to his mentoring days, Kozlowicz decided to reach out to the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency.
Since then Kozlowicz spent five years as a Big Brother, and currently serves as the Chair of the Resource Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters, a group of volunteers dedicated to the success of the organization. Now, Kozlowicz and Big Brothers Big Sisters are issuing a challenge to the community: recruit 30 new male volunteers during January as a part of National Mentoring Month.
Currently, there are more than 30 boys in the Southern Kane and Kendall county area waiting to be matched to a mentor. Though more than 80 percent of the children waiting for a mentor are boys, only 3 out of 10 people applying to volunteer are men. Some boys have been waiting for a Big Brother for over a year.
Kozlowicz agreed to be a spokesman for the recruitment effort, which is based on a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall Counties and the Buffalo Wild Wings in Aurora and in Oswego. People who visit Buffalo Wild Wings to learn more about mentoring will receive a coupon for free wings.
Kozlowicz hopes men will strongly consider becoming a mentor. He knows the role is simple, but the impact can be tremendous.
“Being a Big Brother is all about being a friend.”
Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall Counties, a program of Family Counseling Service at 630-844-9090 or www.aurorafcs.org
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