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Establishment and Location

Originally addressing 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 organization.

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.


National Affiliation

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.


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