Virginia Big Sister of the Year, our very own Erin Overstreet!
Erin was matched
with her Little Sister Grace in July 2008. Over the past eight years, Erin has
served as a dedicated mentor to Grace and a tremendous advocate for Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County.
“Erin has been and
continues to be a wonderful friend, mentor, and role model for our daughter
Grace,” explains Grace’s mother Jane. “Grace has had an incredible friend in
Erin who calls forth her gifts and supports her in all she does.”
school, Grace struggled to catch up to grade-level reading. Erin was there to
provide academic support to Grace in a way that only a Big Sister could. Erin’s
help and positive reinforcement motivated Grace as she worked through middle
school and into high school.
“We have seen Grace
bloom,” says Jane. “She has grown from a struggling, below average student, to
making the A/B honor roll.”
there isn't an area of Grace's life that Erin hasn't helped shape. Erin
encourages a healthy self-image and lifestyle, introducing Grace to activities
like yoga, Pilates, and Barre. In the past year, Erin has helped Grace study
for her driver’s exam, learn to drive, and shop for prom dresses. She has
recently begun helping Grace look at college applications and
Grace to give back to her community. Together, they have supported local causes
such as Toy Convoy, Stuff the Bus, Day of Caring, Meals on Wheels,
Adopt-A-Senior, Harrisonburg High School’s 4T program, and Big Brothers Big
Sisters’ annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser.
“My sister Erin has
been an amazing supporter, friend, mentor and role model to me,” says Grace. “I
can’t thank her enough for everything she has done for me throughout the
In addition to
being an amazing Big Sister, Erin has served as a strong advocate for Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County. She has been a
long-time participant in our annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser and has
attended our annual fundraising breakfast. For the past several years, Erin has
led our partnership with her employer, WHSV – TV3. She has offered her time and
expertise to our marketing efforts. Erin also joined our board of directors in
Erin is a wonderful
example of our mission to change young lives for the better, forever. Through
her dedication, Erin has made an incredible impact, not only for Grace, but for
many children in our community.
As our state
winner, Erin is in the running for National Big Sister of the Year, to be named
at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference in June.
Erin, we thank you
and congratulate you on this incredible achievement!