Outside of his professional career, Attorney Nicholas Ellis enjoys spending time volunteering and giving back to the community.
While Ellis has been involved in a wide variety of volunteer activities, he especially likes helping young, underprivileged children have better opportunities to learn and achieve their goals. Because of this, one of his favorite volunteer organizations to work with is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
To help spread awareness and promote this great organization Attorney Nicholas Ellis describes some of the awesome ways you can get involved:
Many people wonder how they can get involved with the Big Brothers and Sisters of America organization and become a good role model and friend to a child in need of such a presence in their lives. People may be hesitant to learn more about the program because they are not sure what type of commitment is required. Fortunately, becoming a big brother or sister (a “big”) to a “little”, does not demand a huge outlay of time nor too many restrictions. You can make a big impact in just a few hours a month without spending much cash if you are willing to put a good effort into the program.
First off, you should know that the requirements to join this program are in no way excessive. All you need is basically a good attitude and good character. This is determined by three steps.
- First, you must participate in a face-to-face interview.
- Secondly, you must have a few good references from people who trust you and know you would make a good and trustworthy friend to a child.
- Finally, you will go through a standard background check to make sure that decent role models are selected for this program. Further than basic good character, the organization does not ask for any specialized skills, abilities or education. As long as you are committed to improving the lives of others with a positive impact, you are a good candidate for this program.
Next, you might ask what kinds of activities are required of a Big within the scope of the program. The program gives a significant amount of leeway with respect to the requirements of each meeting with your Little. As with any friendship or social relationship, it is important to find points of common interest between you and the Little. The specifics of what is done are not important. The activities need not be expensive or infused with adrenaline if your tastes do not fall into those types of categories. Activities as simple as bicycle riding, eating ice cream or going on a hike are more than adequate for your Little if the time you spend with him is time where you are truly engaged with the Little. Attorney Nicholas Ellis enjoys playing sports or going out to baseball games for big and little activities.
What is most important is that you are attentive and caring with regard to the child you are partnered with. You should provide an empathetic ear to their problems. It is important to take stock of their interests, aspirations, and worries and to provide appropriate, caring, and wise responses to these. This program’s aim is to link a child with an adult who can serve as a good friend. As you probably know, that type of support is more important than someone who intends to entertain all the time with a performance or someone who uses money to impress other people for short bouts of time. If you simply go in with the mindset of being a friend, you will be providing an important position for the child and will also grow as a person yourself.
To learn more about Attorney Nicholas Ellis and his volunteer experiences, check out his about.me page: https://about.me/attorneynicholasellis.