RENO, Nev. -- Although Bruce Arnold never had any children, he still wanted to make a difference in someone's life. Two years ago, he began volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters. His decision to help a child he had never met, made a difference in his own life.
"He's had a lot of people close to him fail him," Arnold said. "People come in and out of his life and they are not reliable to him and I want to be the person he can rely on."
Bruce Arnold became a Big to Matthew, his Little in 2011. They spend at least an hour a week together doing various inexpensive activities, form walking around the park, to watching a basketball game, to rock climbing in order to build Matthew's self-esteem.
"It's not like you're going to see a big improvement overnight. It's the little things that you start to notice about who they are and what they say and what they do and that's really what it's all about," Arnold said.
According to the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) annual report, about 82 percent of former Littles say their Bigs have instilled values that have guided them through life, things as simple as expressing gratitude.
"When he is a success in life, because I know he's going to be a success in life, he can look back and say, 'hey you know that's something I learned from Bruce,'" Arnold said.
Arnold says Matthew is now one of the top students in his class and wants to pursue engineering.
"My little brother is going to be somebody and I'm going to make sure of that," he said.
Big Brothers and Big sisters is always in need for volunteers who want to mentor, especially for boys.
Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m., BBBS is hosting their annual Spring Splendor fundraiser. The even will include dinner, live auctions, raffles and even an after party with desserts and a DJ.
If you would like more information about becoming a mentor or the fundraiser, click on the link below.