We received notice from Metro United Way, a long-time partner of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, that our annual allocation will be reduced 25% this year – a total decrease of $82,000 to our mentoring programs in Jefferson, Harrison, Oldham and Shelby Counties. Our Oldham and Shelby County will receive no funding from Metro United Way this year. Our Metro United Way allocation will be $247,194 versus an allocation of $329,592 last year. We are committed to keeping every match friendship active and supported, and ensuring all children currently served continue to receive the benefit of a caring, adult mentor in their lives.
We appreciate the support Metro United Way will provide to Big Brothers Big Sisters this year, and together with our Board of Directors, BIG Leadership Team, Advisory Council Members, volunteers and families, we will work diligently to increase support in other areas to sustain, and hopefully increase funding throughout the communities we serve.
You may now ask yourself, how can you help? Here are three simple ways to support Big Brothers Big Sisters right now:
(1) Become a Smile Maker! Consider a monthly gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters that will deliver sustainable, ongoing funding to Big Brothers Big Sisters throughout the year. A gift of $10, $25 or $50 will allow us to better implement our mentoring programs and serve as many children as possible this year.
(2) Become a Big! The demand for our programs is greater than ever, and the community need illustrated by the 452 youth currently waiting for a volunteer mentor. You don’t have to be a superhero to become a hero to a child. Take that step – give your friendship to a child and you can help them achieve lifelong success.
(3) Become an Advocate! Taking action online offers an important platform to communicate with decision-makers and community leaders. MENTOR.org developed this Advocating for Mentoring Toolkit, which details proactive actions you can take that translate perfectly into advocating for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Big Brothers Big Sisters positively impacts over 1,000 children each year with professionally supported, 1-to-1 mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We recently celebrated our first group of 17 high school students enrolled in our School to Work workplace mentoring program. All 17 graduated from high school this year. All 17 will start college in the fall. And collectively, these 17 students have earned over $200,000 in college scholarships.
Right now, more than ever, children need us to lift them up to their fullest potential. When you support Big Brothers Big Sisters, you change the trajectory of a child’s life. Please help us help more children by taking one or all three actions listed above, and please call or email us with any questions. We appreciate you. Thank you!
We're At Conference!
This week members of our Leadership Team are attending the
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National conference in
San Diego, California.
We will be posting on our social media platforms (links at the bottom of this page) all week about the exciting developments and learning opportunities taking place with our BBBS peers.
If You're At Conference
On Wednesday June 28, 2017 at 10:30am (PST) in Nautilus 5 our
Chief Program Officer, Stacey Nance, VPP, in collaboration with our partners at PIRE (Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation) will be presenting on How Parents Impact Match Outcomes.
Please stop by to hear about this amazing study!