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BBBS of East Central Wisconsin: Keeping kids connected through virtual mentoring

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 17:39:44-04

NEENAH (NBC 26) -- A local nonprofit is getting creative by helping kids not feel alone while social distancing.

"Now, more than ever, relationships are a basic need," said Lindsay Fenlon, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Wisconsin.

That's why they've turned to virtual mentoring. They're using technology like Facebook messaging for kids and Google hangouts to keep their Big's and Little's connected.

"Our schools provide our kids with a level or routine, and social interaction, and structure, and integration that they don't have otherwise," Fenlon added. "So we really wanted to make sure we could pivot pretty quickly and get our Big's, our mentors, still in their Little's life."

The nonprofit currently has 360 active matches using virtual mentoring; however they have close to 200 kids on their waiting list. You can check out their website if you're interested in volunteering or making a donation to help them provide these services to kids across east central Wisconsin.