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Positively Richmond: Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities

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The Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities program offers school-based mentorships and opportunities in the community. The Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities program offers school-based mentorships and opportunities in the community.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -

Each weekday Eric Wirth works in finance. Each weekend he's a gardener, cooking instructor, tour guide and more to L. Douglas Wilder eighth-grader Antonio Roberts. "We do anything and everything," says Wirth. "Whatever he wants to do and whatever makes sense at the time."

Eric and Antonio have built a strong relationship over the past three years through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities The program offers school-based mentorships and opportunities in the community, which Antonio enjoys very much.

"It's good because every Saturday we go out and have fun," he says, adding that Eric introduces him to new people and activities. They even work together on homework and projects. Their common interests allow both to learn and grow from seeing the world through each others' eyes.

Big Brothers Big Sisters strives to provide children facing adversity with one-on-one relationships to change their lives for the better, forever. That's why Eric says it's Positively Richmond.

"It's been fantastic. I almost feel like I get more out of it than he does. The time flies so quickly as soon as you start hanging out together, you look at your watch and realize that you spent the morning or afternoon with each other. It's like hanging out with your best friend, really."

This year Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes to recruit enough volunteers and raise enough money for 60 new mentorships, like the one Antonio and Eric have.
 
You can learn more and show your support next weekend at the "Bowl for Kids' Sake" event at Uptown Alley in Midlothian. We'll connect you to more information here.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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