November 17, 2004, is a very special date for Big Sister
Molly and Little Sister Hope. This is the date when they first met. Little Sister Hope, having just
turned six, was a little ball of energy with a toothless smile and a bright
spirit who was excited to meet her new Big Sister. Hope’s life was a cycle of
poverty and instability with many moves and school changes, so her mom knew
that her daughter needed someone to guide her and help bring stability.
Jamie Foxx, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's National Spokesperson, often credits his grandmother with being his role model during his youth. She encouraged him to pursue learning to play the piano. All children need someone to inspire and encourage their passions and to help them achieve success in life. By signing up to become a Big Brother or Big Sister, you can be that person for a child in your community.
Chris was your typical young boy, except he had already
faced many challenges in his short life. After being adopted from Russia, Chris
lost his father to cancer. Chris’ mom wanted to help her son cope with the
recent loss of his dad. Little Brother Chris would be matched with Big Brother
Paul in 2011 through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Adirondacks in New
York. Big Brother Paul knew shortly after retiring that he wanted to use his
newfound free time to volunteer in some way, and thought becoming a mentor
would be a great way to give back.
Recently Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia (S.C.) received laudable recognition from South Carolina Secretary of State, Mark Hammond, who named the organization among the “Angels” on the state’s annual “Scrooges and Angels” list for nonprofits for 2013.
Marcus Allen, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania, was recently an invited guest on the radio show Tone and Tenor to discuss Big Brothers Big Sisters from a national perspective.
Each year half a million people across America come together to have fun and raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters with Bowl for Kids' Sake. The funds raised help support approximately 200,000 Bigs and Littles by providing ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Learn more >>
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manitowoc County (Wis.) opted for a “Wizard of Oz” theme this year. Bowlers came dressed in a variety of costumes, including witches, flying monkeys, scarecrows and the tin man, along with a wizard and even a yellow brick road, all while raising more than $90,000.
The week of April 7 - 11 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week! During this week, there will be a call to raise awareness and discussion of issues related to youth violence. The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) will work as an information and resource center, providing an action kit and instruction on how to make the most of the campaign. As a prominent issue today, youth violence, and this campaign, can be something worth discussing with your Little.
If you wish to donate clothing or other items, please call your local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency. To find that agency, click on the “find a local agency” link, enter your zip code and call the phone number provided.