Name: Brian Hillberry of Glen BurnieVolunteer...

Volunteer spotlight

December 20, 1992

Name: Brian Hillberry of Glen Burnie

Volunteer Work/Interests: Brian recently was the recipient of the first annual United Way Unsung Hero Award for outstanding volunteer service in Anne Arundel County.

He has worked in the Big Brother organization for three years.

Brian, an engineer for the Department of Defense, spends three to five hours a week with his "little brothers".

As a member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters council, an administrative branch of the organization, Brian participates in the organization's fund-raising events and counsels other "big brothers" and "big sisters."

Organization's Comments: Brian is "an extraordinary, caring, giving individual who exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism," said Vicki B. Lomax, executive director of Big Brothers and Sisters of Central Maryland. "His work as a 'big brother,' serving as a mentor, role model, counselor and friend to special children, is a demanding one, and one in which he has given of himself unselfishly [and] consistently contributes to the quality of services in our organization."

Volunteer's Comments: "I'd like to acknowledge God, to say thanks for his giving me the time and ability to reach youth in the community. I do this because I was in the same situation as a lot of these kids. My parents divorced when I was 13. I was young and impressionable and had a lot of bad influences, so I had to learn some important lessons the hard way."

"Today, the divorce rate is even greater than before. There is real need for kids, especially boys, to have a mentor, someone to point them in the right direction, as far as things like drugs or sex are concerned. Those are things that can make or break a youth."

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