In the 608: Help support Big Brothers Big Sisters with “The Hunt”

MADISON, Wis. — You have the chance to help out a great organization here in the 608 starting this week.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County is putting on a scavenger hunt, called “The Hunt,” to benefit the largest youth mentoring organization in our area.

Instead of the normal “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser this year, they’re holding a county-wide scavenger hunt lasting all this month and everyone is invited to participate. Organizers say it allows for continued social distancing due to COVID-19.

You’ll use a scavenger hunt app to complete missions that highlight Madison landmarks and local businesses as well as fun challenges to do at home.

“We have about 170 kids that are waiting to be introduced to a mentor, so the funds raised through this event will help us match more volunteers with kids in our community and really reduce the wait time,” said BBBS of Dane Co. CEO Sandy Morales. “Because of the pandemic, kids have been waiting longer and we’re hoping that with the resources from this event we can really accelerate that matching process.”

Morales says many of the kids have been waiting two or more years to be introduced to a mentor. Every dollar raised through “The Hunt” will support their youth mentoring program, which carefully matches children with caring adult mentors and providing ongoing support.

The pandemic took a toll on a lot of people, but for organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, they were left separated for much of last year. The Hunt has them excited to get back out in the community and explore together.

“You get to experience news things, have fun and spend time with each other,” said little brother JT.

Big brother Emmanuel John tells News 3 Now that getting to know JT has been the biggest honor of his life.

“It’s not just an opportunity to make an impact on another life; it’s also an opportunity for you to grow personally. So while I’m helping JT, JT is also helping me grow,” Emmanuel said.

“The Hunt” runs today through May 28th, so you can do it anytime that works for you and your family. All you have to do is register online, and it’s as easy as following directions on a scavenger hunt app. Click here to learn more.