This week, we’re excited to honor Erin Bird as one of Iowa’s “50 Faces of Volunteers” for the time and energy he has given to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa.
Erin has been matched with his Little Brother Quinton for just over 2 years and they meet both in and out of school for a few hours every week. They play games, do homework, visit the library, or get ice cream. As a mentor, Erin provides guidance and stability in Quinton’s life. He encourages and supports him, and stresses the importance of education, community, and being kind and considerate to others. Research shows that children who participate in BBBS programming are likely to experience an increase in self confidence, academic performance, and decision making ability, as well as increased positive relationships with peers and family members, and improved attendance at school.¹
As the pastor of Riverwood Church in Waverly, Erin became involved with volunteering after noticing a need in his community, and seeing the impact mentoring could have on a child’s life. He is an active advocate for mentoring and volunteering in Waverly and goes above and beyond to support his Little Brother, Quinton. Erin has four children and is married to his wife, Leann.
Thank you for your service, Erin!
- Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures
What’s your 50? For more information about the Governor’s Call to Service, and to find volunteer opportunities statewide, visithttps://volunteeriowa.org/whats-your-50.
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