by guest blogger Caryn Sowell: Portland, Maine Showroom Manager
Every year, The Clean Bedroom enjoys giving back to our local communities, as well as internationally. Our pillow drop was just one example of that this year. We will have several posts between now and Thanksgiving, highlighting our various support efforts throughout the year. Today, we hear from Caryn, our Portland, Maine Showroom Manager;
A special organization that is near and dear to my heart is The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southern Maine.
Since 1995, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine (BBBSSM) has changed the lives of hundreds of Maine children, one at a time, with its award winning mentoring program.
Recognized as the #1 Nonprofit for At-Risk Youth, BBBS is the nation’s leader in quality, one-on-one youth mentoring. BBBS’ effective mentoring model has led to positive and measurable youth outcomes for disadvantaged children.
All children need someone to look up to, guide them and boost their self-esteem. It can be difficult when a parent is no longer in the household, for both the child and the family unit. Just some of the benefits derived from having a Big Brother or Big Sister are:
· Higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships
· Avoidance of risky behaviors
· Educational success
Big Brothers Big Sisters receive no public funding and rely solely on donations, fundraisers and volunteers.
I was more than happy to participate in their annual auction. A lovely woman who had the winning bid for The Clean Bedroom donation received a selection of our luxury organic bedding, as well as a gift card.
This is the season of reflection and giving thanks. I am grateful every day for all the blessings in my life. I am especially grateful for having bright, happy, healthy and handsome boys. I was a single parent for many years, but the difference was their dad was a very active participant in their lives. I had extended family and friends that were there to help or to set an example.
I had a “village” to help raise my boys.
I am well aware that this is not the case for everyone and can imagine how hard that must be. I was lucky. Many are not. That is why it is important for me to pay it forward. I have always been, and continue to be, as will The Clean Bedroom, a proud supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Happy Holidays!