PANDORA— Kathy Sehlhorst, Columbus Grove, has been a ‘big sister’ for
two years. It is a volunteer service that she really enjoys. She has
two ‘little sisters’ who enjoy coming to her home and cooking, doing
crafts, or reading stories.
Sehlhorst is a big sister with Putnam
County Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She signed on to be a volunteer with
the program two years ago.
‘My husband and I had been foster
parents, but then circumstances changed and we don’t do that anymore,”
Sehlhorst said. “So I thought being a big sister would be a great idea.”
Sehlhorst is a big sister to sisters McKiley and Ashton Bermudez, both of Columbus Grove.
a lot of fun,” said McKiley when asked about the time she spends with
her big sister. She said she most enjoys going to the Sehlhorst home and
baking. “We also make rubber band bracelets and do a lot of other
stuff,” McKiley said.
Sehlhorst and the Bermudez sisters were
bowling together last Saturday at the Sports Center Lanes in Pandora
during one of two events scheduled for the Putnam County Big
Another bowlathon is set for this Saturday at Ottawa Highland Lanes.
bowling last Saturday were Big Sister Lori Fetheroff, Ottawa, and her
Little Sister Lilly Friesel, Pandora. The two have been matched for
“I like the program because I can work our time
together around my schedule,” said Fetheroff, She said they have gone
skating, bowling and visited the corn maze last fall.”
Friesel said she most enjoyed when they went to eat out at The Red Pig Inn. “that was fun,” Friesel said.
County Big Brothers/Big Sisters of West Central Ohio serves Allen,
Hardin and Putnam counties. There are two types of matches made by the
agency including the school-based program and the community-based
In the school-based program bigs and littles meet once a week in schools, and or at lunch to talk and have fun.
community-based program is when Bigs and Littles meet two to four times
and month, with the time spent together being flexible.
Weaver is in charge of the Putnam County school-based program and also
does the Putnam County community based program with Mandy Mellot. Weaver
said they currently have 47 school-based matches and 23 community-based
There are 11 children on the waiting list as Littles hoping a Big Sister or Brother will volunteer to spend time with them.
Anyone interested in being a volunteer or signing up their child for the program may call 419-523-4016.