Nearly two years ago, Lara Guay and Tiffany Nieman were matched as "big" and "little" through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa.
"It's been a lot of fun. We've done a lot of activities. It allows me to do things I normally wouldn't," said Lara Guay.
The pair usually meets about once a week for a couple hours. They play games at the library, go bowling, go to volleyball matches and cook together.
They also make a point of taking photos of all their activities for a scrapbook.
"I'm a crafty person, so I like doing crafts with her and games and stuff," said 10-year-old Tiffany Nieman.
Both think of the other as family.
"It's almost like she's one of my nieces," said Guay.
"She's like an aunt or a sister to me or a real sister," said Nieman.
It was recently announced Guay was selected as the community-based Big of the Year.
"I was pleasantly surprised," said Lara Guay.
"I was excited for her," said Tiffany Nieman.
Nieman said Guay offers her encouragement and support as well as teaching her important life skills for her future.
Guay said her only regret with getting matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa is that she didn't do it sooner.
"I think it's been a really good experience, and I'm disappointed in myself I put it on hold for so long," said Guay.
Lara Guay said having a direct impact on a child's life is worth making time for every week.
For more information on Big Brothers Big Sister of Northeast Iowa, click here.