A BIG thank you to all of the individuals who learned more about BBBSEC at our 1st Grooming Men of the Future Barbershop Recruitment Event. We had 50 men complete entries in the raffle and 20 indicated they want more interest in becoming Big Brothers. A special thank you to our partners Alpha Phi Alpha, Styles of Man, Signature Cutz and our media sponsor the Challenger Community News.
A fun summer is ahead for the six Little Brothers and Little Sisters in our program who received brand new bikes on Friday. The bike build and donation was one of several projects completed on Global Volunteer Day by employees of Life Technologies Corporation located on Grand Island. Similar projects were happening at Life Technologies offices across the globe! This is the 4th year that Littles involved in BBBSEC received brand new bikes. The donation was a complete surprise to the Littles. They arrived with their Bigs at Life Technologies thinking they were going to have a tour and learn a bit more about the company. Instead, a new set of wheels awaited them. There were lots of smiles and happy kids! A BIG thanks…
We are so excited to celebrate National Mentoring Month(NMM) with all of our Bigs & supporters and look forward to encouraging others to get involved! A special thank you to our NMM Media Sponsor, WGRZ-TV 2 for creating and airing a PSA encouraging the community to get involved. To learn more about the opportunities during NMM and your options to help make a BIG difference in the life of a child click here!
Friends, we hope you will enjoy our latest Special Edition of the Big News containing our 2013 Financial Report.[ddownload id=”3740″] Also featured are updates on this year’s fundraising events, information about new partnerships and a list of our matches reaching anniversary milestones in their friendships. This edition’s cover photo & match highlight shares the special friendship between Big Sister Kayleigh and Little Sister Crystal. Big Sister Kayleigh shared,“Becoming a Big, you not only have the opportunity to change a child’s life, but watch them change yours. I have grown so much as a person in the last 3 years and a lot of that has to do with Crystal.”
With this loss of funding and a shortage of potential volunteers, there are close to 160 local children who are waiting to be matched with a mentor, a Big Brother, or a Big Sister.
The first mixer hosted by our Big Mirror Initiative Committee at The 2nd Cup Café in downtown Buffalo was a BIG success. Over 50 guests joined us throughout the evening to learn more about our initiative to provide a more diverse pool of mentors to the children in our program. Guests that evening included community members and representatives from several local corporations, political offices and professional organizations. Everyone enjoyed networking with like minded individuals and 9 guests signed up to become Bigs! Currently, 0ver 80% of the children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister identify themselves as an ethnicity other than Caucasian. The goal of the Big Mirror Initiative is to provide a mentor, if the child wishes, of the same ethnic background.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County is honored to celebrate Jody Galvin as this week’s Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree! Jody’s community efforts focus on providing opportunity to underrepresented people in education and law. She is on the board of Buffalo Prep which expands access to college preparatory education. She volunteers with University at Buffalo Law School on its Discover Law program which promotes entry into the legal profession for talented people of color and first generation college students. She is a Discover Law mentor and has coordinated the mentoring matches between students and practicing attorneys. Jody also assists unrepresented people with civil legal matters in United States District Court and recruits volunteer attorneys for its Pro Se Assistance Program. Jody…