As part of National Mentoring Month, First Niagara announced Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County as one of eleven Western New York area organizations selected as grant recipients of First Niagara’s fourth annual Mentoring Matters program. During a news conference held at Enterprise Charter School, a total of $150,000 was awarded to support organized mentoring efforts in the Western New York community. The funds received by Big Brothers Big Sisters will support matches like Little Sister Maggie and her Big Sister Cymantha at the Site-Based Mentoring program at Enterprise Charter School. Little Sister Maggie shared, “It’s nice have a special friend that’s mine. She likes to be creative like me and I can talk to her about school, my baby brother or anything that I want to talk about.” The two enjoy making crafts and playing games. Additionally, they spend 15 minutes of each weekly visit reading. This extra time and support has been a big help to Maggie academically and personally! Our sincere appreciation to First Niagara for helping us to make this relationship possible for Little Sister Maggie and all of the youth involved in our Enterprise Charter School program.
This is the perfect time to thank the person that mentored you by becoming a Big Brother or a Big Sister, or by supporting as a donor.
Our Annual Big Give campaign is underway! This is your chance between now and November 28th to help us raise $6,250 to support our one-to-one mentoring programs By giving to one of our Big Brother or Big Sister BIG Give Fundraisers or by giving to the general BIG Give page, you can help create a new match! To learn more, click here. A BIG thanks!
We are excited to share that our Women Who Move the City (WWMTC) Committee has selected the 2015 WWMTC Honorees. Congratulations to Alex Dockstader, Cindi McEachon, Megan McNally, Breanna Pugh, Julie Signorille and Amber Small! Each Wednesday between March 18th – April 22nd check back here or our Facebook page to learn more about each of these outstanding women in a weekly highlight. Also listen to Kiss 98.5 each Wednesday leading up to the event for our WWMTC host and emcee Janet Snyder’s weekly recognition of each honoree. Women Who Move the City will take place on Wednesday, April 30th from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Hotel at the Lafayette. Attendees will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a one of a kind shopping and…
A BIG thank you to our sponsors, golfers & donors for making the 9th Annual Fore the Children Golf Tournament presented by PCB Piezotronics a success! We had beautiful weather for our participants that enjoyed 18 holes of golf along with lunch & dinner, contests and auctions. Congratulations to Phil Petoniak on receiving the Hedwig “De” Moss Leadership Award for his outstanding support of BBBSEC and other local charities. To view photos & a list of sponsors, click here.
To kick off the holiday season, employees from Lawley Insurance decided to give back in a very special way: with their time. Lawley hosted 10 of our Little Brothers and Little Sisters at the Buffalo Club where they spent a few hours bowling. Following the games, Littles enjoyed some dinner and finished the evening by frosting holiday cookies with their new friends. Thank you to everyone that made the evening so memorable and we hope to see you again next year!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County is honored to celebrate Marilyn Gibson Young as our first Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree! With a strong commitment to community, Marilyn began volunteering with the Stop the Violence Coalition in 2007 and has served as a Buffalo Peacemaker, Fundraising Committee Member and Vice Chairwoman. With a passion for working youth, and a heart that wanted to see a decrease in youth violence in the City of Buffalo, Marilyn brought together like-minded women over 5 years ago to create W. A.V.E -Women Against Violence Everywhere, an anti-violence organization that takes a proactive approach to help decrease youth violence by way of mentoring programs, events and activities. The organization focuses on violence issues impacting girls ages…