Meet Big Sister Heidi & Little Sister De'Asia
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County is pleased to recognize Big Sister Heidi Raddatz as the Volunteer of the Month for March 2021.
Heidi had been matched with her Little Sister De’Asia since February 2020. They enjoyed going to Women’s Badger games, to the Chazen Museum and to the UW Student Union to listen to musicians play. They also went mini-golfing and enjoyed walking and going to eat downtown.
Soon after that, the pandemic hit. They had to quickly change gears and switch to meeting virtually. They wanted to remain matched regardless of the circumstances. Big Sister Heidi would drop off care packages to Little Sister De’Asia and then would FaceTime to do their nails together. They thought of different things they could do together online, but most of the time they enjoyed just chatting. Once some of the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted over the summer, they were able to meet to go on bike rides and to the apple orchard. When De’Asia was accepted into the AVID program, she and her mom invited Heidi to attend the short ceremony they had at school. Heidi was thrilled for De’Asia and accepted the invitation. Heidi encourages De’Asia to do her very best in school so that she has many opportunities in her future for college and career choices.
Big Brothers Big Sisters recognizes that staying connected with littles during a pandemic can be very challenging. We commend Heidi on all of her efforts to be there for De’Asia.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County is grateful to all of our volunteers who, like Heidi, are making a difference one child at a time. Congratulations to Big Sister Heidi on being our Big of the Month!
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