Champion for Community
Chris Matthews, North Central Region
Devoting time to her "little"
Banking Center Manager Chris Matthews became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2005, when she became a big sister to “Emily.” Chris enjoys sharing the journey she has taken with Emily.
“Emily was 7-years-old when I was matched to her as a school big, meaning I spent time with her over her lunch hour every few weeks. That evolved into me being a community big, so I could spend more time with her. When I met Emily, she was very much in need of a friend,” says Chris.
Today, Emily will soon be 13, and she is in middle school. She has gone from being a very troubled young girl, to a vibrant young lady with “more friends than she can count.”
Relates Chris, “My favorite story is just recently when the school had an incident and parents were told students could stay home the next day if they wanted to. Emily chose to go to school, because she did not want to miss any classes or her friends. The Emily I met five years ago would have chosen to stay home, any reason not to go to school. I was so proud of her.”
Chris joined the BBBS board in 2007 and has served on the Governance Committee, as Secretary and currently as Vice President of the Finance Committee. As a board member, she is involved with the important task of fundraising. The BBBS in South Central Indiana raises $170,000 each year from their Bowl for Kids Sake event. This year, Chris led the Old National Bowl for Kids Sake team. They have raised $5,800 and still have donations coming in.
Concludes Chris, “As we look at the youth of today, mentorship is needed now more than ever. To know that I have a part in putting youth on the right track is rewarding and very humbling.”
About Old National she says, “I am always proud to say I work for Old National Bank, and one of the reasons is because of our commitment to community. I love nothing better than to be able to say what our company does for its communities, whether that be through our volunteer hours or our work with the foundation.”
Chris' other volunteer activities: