Establishment and Location
incidents of delinquent behavior in young boys, this agency was founded in 1972
in collaboration with Mayor Dan Hayes, Juvenile Probation, and other youth
serving agencies. It provided the male youth of Elkhart County with positive
role models to help shape their futures. Through help from various community
organizations, and the seed money from the Heart City Kiwanis, all of the
necessary funding and equipment were donated for the startup of this
In 1974, Big Sisters was added to the program.
By 1997, Big Couples and Big Families were added to the program as well. In 2015, the agency moved to its current location on US Highway 33 in the center of the county.
This local agency is a
full member affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), which was
established in 1904. Operating in every state of the U.S., and in 12 countries
worldwide, BBBSA is the premier mentoring organization. To ensure national
standards are met, BBBS of Elkhart County is reviewed annually.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County is funded entirely by personal and corporate donations, grants, and fundraising events. Support from individuals and corporate sponsors is vital to enacting the mission of the agency and proving local children facing adversity with the mentors they need.
In the first year, each
individual match in the Elkhart County program has an annual cost of $1,000. Every
contribution received helps provide a disadvantaged child the opportunity to be
matched with a mentor, positive role model, and friend.