Meet Big Brother Dan & Little Brother Demarkis
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County is pleased to recognize Big Brother Dan Klabunde as the Volunteer of the Month for December of 2020.
Big Brother Dan was matched with his Little Brother Demarkis in December of 2014. Dan has been alongside Demarkis through many trials and tribulations over the past six years. And like many other families in our program, this year has brought his Little Brother’s family many new and unforeseen challenges.
Dan has made a humble effort to support Demarkis and his entire family through it all. Dan has become Demarkis’s backbone during these past few months while living in this pandemic. He has never lost contact with Demarkis. He calls and texts to check in on him regularly and when times get too tough for Demarkis to handle, Dan is always willing to swing by to help get his mind off of things. Dan also helps Demarkis with school work and tries to help him through the demands of virtual learning.
When some health challenges emerged in his Little Brother’s family, Dan called his Match Support Specialist as soon as he found out to ask how he could help. It was a true testament to the kind of person and Big Brother Dan is not only to Demarkis but to Demarkis’s entire family. He dropped off meals and some groceries to help bridge the gap in their time of need. In numerous conversations with Demarkis’s mother, she always expresses her pure gratitude for Dan. She can never say enough good things about him. In one of the most recent conversations, she said, “If someone asked Demarkis and our family who is our favorite superhero, it would definitely be Dan!”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County is grateful to all of our volunteers who, like Dan, are making a difference one child at a time. Congratulations to Big Brother Dan on being our Big of the Month!
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