Although "Big" Pam Slomiany and her "Little" enjoy activities like paddleboarding and bowling, it's the little things that make a big impact.
"It's more based on a relationship rather than monetary gifts and giving," said Slomiany, a "Big" with Big Brothers Big Sisters Pittsburgh. "Just to know someone else besides a parent is caring about them and encouraging them … it makes a big difference."
Norm Randa had never felt anything was wrong. He had been working for the past eight years driving a school bus. When he wasn't working, he spent time with his family and friends, and he took care of his wife who was diagnosed with lung cancer and neuropathy in 2011. She needed help with her daily life, but he still managed to find time for everything.
Ever since he was a young man, Michael Harcher has cared about the environment around his home in Beaver County, particularly Raccoon Creek. When Harcher went to Penn State University, he earned a degree in Environmental Studies. When he returned home from college, he realized something needed to be done about the world right outside his back door.