Big Sister of the Year awards goes to local agency

Published 9:48 am Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Huntington, W.Va. — A volunteer mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State program was honored with the national 2015 Big Sister of the Year award, given out by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Carrie Stambaugh, of Ashland Kentucky, was awarded the prestigious award during the national conference gala held in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Each year Big Brothers Big Sisters of America honors the top two volunteer mentors out of the nearly 200,000 volunteers across the country.

Big Sister Carrie has been matched to her Little Sister Regina for nine years. During their match, they have grown to become friends who motivate and inspire each other.

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Stambaugh has guided Regina through struggles, insecurities and anxiety as well as through Regina’s educational journey. With Stambaugh’s guidance, Regina is now preparing for college and improving her life well into the future.

“Every Big is so important to our organization, but these national Bigs of the Year have shown a remarkable level of dedication for enriching the lives of their Little,” said Pam Iorio, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “These Bigs of the Year have created a relationship with their Little that is lasting, meaningful and an inspiration to all of us.”

“Our match has shown me that mentoring has far-reaching effects on more than the mentor and mentee. The positive impact permeates their respective families, friends and ultimately, community at large,” said Stambaugh. “Regina tells me often how grateful she is to have a friend in me. I am grateful for her friendship too.”

The 2015 Bigs of the Year awards were presented at the 2015 Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal.