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thinks one's work should have meaning.
quest for meaning she
has gained some serious non-profit cred by creating job training opportunities as a Business Development Specialist with Horizon Goodwill Industries
and by securing vetted, caring mentors for at-risk children as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Alleghenies
is striving to facilitate an integrated health care provider network through Western Maryland AHEC
as the new Network Director of Mountain Health Alliance
Prior to donning her non-profit cape, she worked as a private consultant in marketing and grant writing.
She also once worked as a newspaper reporter.
life as Lois Lane, she
won a Mark Twain Associated Press award for her
feature writing and won two first place awards from the West Virginia Newspaper Association
for a weekly column she
While she was born and raised in Cumberland, she left to attend college at Fairmont State College in Fairmont, WV, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English Literature.
travels then took her
to North Africa and throughout Europe before she
settled in Washington, DC, for about ten years.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Alleghenies
That's exactly the kind of relationship the program tries to foster, said Kimi-Scott McGreevy, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Alleghenies.
"Alivia and her
Big Sister, they really represent the best that can come from this program," said McGreevy
, who took over as director last spring and is striving to grow the organization locally.
An affiliate of the 100-year-old national organization Big Brothers Big Sisters
of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Alleghenies
has operated in Cumberland since the late 1980s.
Currently, about 40 children ages 6 to 16 are paired with 40 volunteer adult mentors, McGreevy
Another 50 children are on a waiting list, she
"That is one of the biggest challenges throughout the United States is getting those mentors in the door," McGreevy
said, adding that the organization is always recruiting volunteers, who are vetted through a screening process.
Some adults are hesitant to get involved because they're not sure what to do with a child - or how they can help, McGreevy
"It's not really about entertaining the child," she
"It's really about doing everyday things."
If you like to garden, for example, show the child how to garden.
One current "Big" is a runner, McGreevy
said, and he
has helped get his
"Little" interested in running.
Recently, the "Little" - now 13 - beat the "Big
" in a 5K race, she
"We work with our mentors so they understand it's not about coming into the program and spending money on the children," McGreevy
"We actually discourage Bigs from spending a lot of money on Littles ... It's more about the companionship."
For potential volunteers who want to "get their feet wet," a Lunch Buddies program that McGreevy
is planning to relaunch this fall could be a good starting place.
"A mentor can make a huge ...
"A mentor can make a huge difference in the life of a child," said Kimi-Scott McGreevy, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Alleghenies.
is making efforts to increase community involvement and the recently revived lunch buddy program is bringing good results, she
The organization needs both funding and volunteers.
The most recent fundraiser for the organization was Bowl for Kids' Sake on Saturday at The Bowler in LaVale.
Fifty-seven teams, 11 more than last year, participated.
"We're definitely growing," McGreevy
A business adopting a school means a pool of volunteers is available for children, McGreevy
The lunch buddy program also offers a good option for people interested in helping the program, but unsure of the time they can commit.
Big Brothers Big Sisters currently has 45 children matched with mentors, with 17 on the waiting list.
That waiting list is sure to grow, McGreevy
said, because once a match is made, there isn't much lag time until a new child is added to the waiting list.
"We want to grow our programs; we have a tremendous need in this area for this kind of program," McGreevy said at a recent meeting of Cumberland's mayor and City Council.
It takes about $100,000 a year to keep the organization going.
The local office is a member of the national organization, and actually pays thousands of dollars a year in dues and is required to pay for an independent audit for the local office.
At the recent council meeting, McGreevy
was requesting city block grant funding.
After hearing McGreevy
explain the organization's funding needs, Councilwoman Nicole Wagoner asked how much each match costs.
said she'd get the number to Wagoner.
There are many expenses that wouldn't occur to people, McGreevy
said, including secondary auto insurance liability policies on each Big Brother and Big Sister.
For the first time in several ...
For the first time in several years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Alleghenies will be seeking funding, said Kimi-Scott McGreevy, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Alleghenies.
The organization is hoping to use the funds to expand programming for a waiting list of more than 20 children, she said.