Match of the Month
August Match of the Month
Big Sister Steph and Little Sister Evelyn have been matched for just over 2 years now! They love spending time in nature, baking, and art. According to Evelyn, the best recipe they’ve tried is one for red velvet cupcakes! One thing Evelyn has learned from Steph is, “No matter what you do, never give up!” Steph said, “My favorite part about Evelyn is her caring nature and her love of art and creating. She’s an awesome big sister to her little brother and she’s a caring kitty-mama. Her love of art has shown through since we were first matched and is one of the many reasons we’re matched so well!”
July Match of the Month
Meet our Match of the Month, Big Sister Jenni and Little Sister Irelyn!
This match has been matched for almost 2-years. Both have very bubbly, fun personalities and both are very busy individuals. Irelyn is involved in competitive dance and Jenni is very dedicated to her work at Kimberly-Clarke.
Oddly enough, at a time when we were all asked to stay apart to prioritize healthy, this match really came together. Shar, Irelyn’s mom, raved about how much Jenni stepped up and reached out to make sure Irelyn was having fun and feeling supported during quarantine. On the last Match Support Call, Irelyn’s voice perked up when talking about how she and Jenni have been writing letters to each other and playing hangman. Jenni thought it might be fun to try out pen pals as she had such positive memories of it from when she was little. Irelyn was most excited for the book Jenni sent her because it was on her list of books to read and she didn’t even tell Jenni that!
When speaking with Jenni, her primary focus during quarantine has been to make sure Irelyn is staying busy and having fun. Jenni understands that Irelyn is social and it’s hard to be at home and away from friends. Shar described Jenni as “amazing” and Irelyn gives that match an A+ for staying connected! So far Jenni has sent three packages with different activities like a bath bomb kit.
May Match of the Month
Meet our Match of the Month, Little Brother Ethan and Big Brother Sam! Ethan and Sam have been matched since November of 2018.
The match originally started off in the Workplace Mentoring Program at Kimberly-Clark . Ethan’s mother enrolled him into this program because she felt that Ethan could benefit from having an additional role model to spend time with outside of the home and to expose him to new things.
During their time at Workplace Mentoring, they enjoyed throwing the ball around outside, playing board games, doing science experiments, crafts and sorting through baseball and basketball cards. Over time, their friendship grew and they decided that they wanted to do things over the summer, so they decided to transition to the Community-Based Program.
Transitioning to Community-Based has been a very positive experience for both Ethan and Sam. Together they have been able to go to Packer games, Timber Rattler games, the YMCA and much more. Due to COVID-19, Ethan and Sam have decided that it is best to keep their distance from one another, however, they have continued their friendship and have gotten creative on how they connect! Ethan and Sam have been communicating weekly either through phone calls or video chat and have created their own NBA “draft” where they each select a card and talk about the players.