You can help us raise funds to match children waiting with a Big Brother or Big Sister! Between now and December 31, help us raise $15,000 to support our one-to-one mentoring programs by giving to one of our BIG Give Fundraisers or giving to the general BIG Give page. A BIG Thank You for your support!
United Way Day of Caring
Every year, the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County holds a “Day of Caring” when corporate partners pick a project from a United Way affiliate and volunteer with that organization for one day. On Wednesday, August 15th employees from Ernst & Young joined BBBSEC and volunteered as a “Big for a Day”. Each employee was paired up with one child (their “Little”) who is currently enrolled with BBBSEC and waiting for their own Big Brother or Big Sister. Throughout the morning, each match played Beach Bingo, Shoe Scramble, participated in a balloon race and spent their time enjoying the nice weather and each other’s company. Bigs and Littles were even able to create beaded friendship bracelets and exchanged them at the end of the…
Volunteer Information Sessions Every Tuesday
Join us for volunteer information sessions every Tuesday at noon to learn more about our agency and the volunteer opportunities we offer.
Women Who Move the City Wednesday-Congrats Alexa Zappia!
Big Brothers Big Sisters is honored to celebrate Alexa Zappia as our first Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree! Alexa, a native of Williamsville, is currently a senior at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. In 2009, Alexa faced tragedy when her life mentor, Susan Wehle, suddenly passed away in the Flight 3407 plane crash. Alexa wanted to do something that would make her proud by continuing to touch peoples’ lives as Susan touched hers. How does a 12-year-old grieve such a tragedy? To Alexa, she found her life’s purpose: to volunteer at struggling organizations within the Buffalo community. Since the plane crash, Alexa has accumulated over 3,000 volunteer hours. Alexa has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for three consecutive years during Barack Obama’s…
Big Mirror Mixer a Success!
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.
Women Who Move the City Wednesday- Congrats Maggie Shea!
BBBS of Erie County and Media Sponsor Kiss 98.5 & Janet Snyder are excited to celebrate Maggie Shea as today’s Women Who Move the City Wednesday Honoree! Maggie is an integral part of the Buffalo community and volunteers her free time to causes close to her heart. She serves on the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business Leaders (EBL) Board of Directors, as Technology Chair for the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance Board of Directors, and as Treasurer for both the Parkside Community Association and Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association Board of Directors. Maggie is also an Ambassador for Child & Family Services, member of the WNY HR Young Professionals and serves on the Saturn Club Membership Committee. Maggie graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and…
Mentors Who Move the City Honoree Ryan Taughrin
Ryan Taughrin – Defender of Potential Ryan Taughrin is the Assistant Director of Graduate Enrollment at the University at Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences. As a first-generation student who was raised by a single mom, and later adopted by loving parents of his best friend, Ryan tries to live every day working to pay it forward. From mentoring prospective undergraduate and graduate students, serving as a mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters, to volunteering across Western New York with various non-profits, Ryan’s volunteering and mentoring mantra focuses on servant leadership and listening, more than speaking, whenever possible. Organizations Ryan has volunteered and served in leadership positions include B Team Buffalo, the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, Erie County Youth Board,…