Big Brother Pat Glew was matched with Little Brother Malachi in October of 2015. In today’s blog, he shares some of the little ways his match has had a big impact on his life.
Question: Why did you sign up to be a Big? What interested you about the BBBSCI program?
Pat Glew: I wanted to make a difference in my community. I enjoy working with kids (I’ve coached youth soccer in the past and really like it), and I’d read plenty of articles in the IndyStar and other places about how many problems kids in the Indy area faced. I hated sitting around and not helping out. I read a great article in the IndyStar about a Big who was matched with his Little Brother (and before long, the Little Brother’s friend) when the Little Brother was young. The Big brother is still in both of his Little Brothers’ lives now, even though they’re adults. It was really inspirational and made me want to be a part of the program.
Q: Do you remember what you felt before your match intro? Were you nervous?
PG: I was a little bit nervous – it was the unknown, and I wanted to be a good big Brother! But, reading about Malachi made me feel that we’d be a great fit, and I was excited to meet him and be there for a kid who’d been on the waiting list for a while.
Q: What are some of your favorite activities you’ve done with Malachi?
PG: I enjoy being active, so some of my favorite outings are ones where we are outside and moving around – hiking in Holliday Park, the BBBSCI SummerFest celebration at the Marion County Fairgrounds, and going fishing. Going to an Indiana Pacers game (and dancing to try and get on the Jumbotron) was awesome! We always find ways to have fun. Sometimes I’ll bring Malachi over to my house and we’ll go fishing (my three year-old son often tags along for that) and eat dinner together. My son loves Malachi and it’s a lot of fun just hanging out at my house and horsing around!
Q: Do you have any special traditions or hobbies you both really enjoy?
PG: We both like to go fishing! It’s fun to be outside and doing something that we both like together. We like going to parks together, playing hoops, and just going for hikes or walks.
Q: What is something you wish every person who was contemplating becoming a Big knew about BBBSCI?
PG: You’ll have a lot of fun! Your Match Support Specialist is there to help you out and walk you through any questions or issues you have. It may seem daunting going in – ‘Will I be able to come up with fun activities? Will we hit if off?’ – but I think that most kids really appreciate someone just being there for them, and you’ll become comfortable with each other pretty quickly.
Q: Anything else you’d like to add or mention?
PG: Being a Big Brother really has been a lot of fun. Malachi is a great kid and we have a blast together. Selfishly, being a Big Brother has pushed me to check out new activities and places in Indy, and it’s teaching me more about being a father. You don’t just give a lot, you gain a lot as a Big!
If you’re interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, take the first steps today by signing up online. More information including eligibility requirements, timeline, and process can be found here.