Big Things Begin Today…

Today marks a new day for Big Brothers Big Sisters. We are reimagining our brand, from our look to our language. We are focused on an empowering message: Together, We Are Defenders of Potential. Our new brand is urgent, inclusive, and powerful. We ask people of all ages and backgrounds to step up and ignite potential within every young person. Check out our new look on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter and learn more about our reimagined brand by clicking here. Together, let’s clear a path to a child’s biggest possible future.

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You’re Invited!

You’re invited to join us on Tuesday, September 25th for a Gift Gathering Party located at, and co-hosted by, The Admiral Room at the Marin from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  Please bring a gift to be used in the auction at our upcoming Magical Moments Gala and enjoy complimentary beverages, hors d’oeuvres and a first look at the beautifully renovated Admiral Room the Marin. Suggested gifts include gift cards to local restaurants and shops and wine or liquor valued at $25.00.  Tickets to sporting events, shows or other unique experiences also very welcome. Please RSVP by Friday, September 21st to khite@beafriend.org or 873-5833 ext. 245.

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12th Annual Fore the Children Tournament a Success!

Our 12th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters “Fore the Children” Golf Tournament held Monday, July 30th was a BIG success!! It was a beautiful day that raised nearly $50,000 to help provide local children facing adversity with the Big Brother or Big Sister they need and want. Thank you for making a BIG difference for children in our community! A very BIG thank you to all of our event sponsors – especially our Presenting Sponsor PCB Piezotronics – An MTS Company, our supporters and our golfers!   Congrats to our our 1st Place Foursome- PCB Piezotronics, 2nd Place Foursome- Hodgson Russ and 3rd Place Foursome- BRD, Inc.  A special congratulations to Donald B. White on receiving the Hedwig “De” Moss Leadership Award for his commitment to making a difference in the lives of…

Amazing Night Celebrating Amazing Women!

A BIG Thank You to our sponsors and all who attended our 5th Annual Women Who Move the City!  The funds raised at this event will help us to match more Little Sister with Big Sisters thus, creating the next generation of Women Who Move the City! Congratulations again to our 2018 Honorees: Zandra Cunningham, Emily Felmet, Jody Galvin, Raziya Hill and Alexa Zappia! Lastly, thank you to our host year after year AND this year’s honorary Women Who Move the City awardee, Janet Snyder.

Women Who Move the City Wednesday-Congrats Zandra Cunningham!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County is honored to celebrate Zandra Cunningham as this week’s Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree! Zandra is a 17-year old entrepreneur who started her creative journey at the age of 9 mixing up lip balm in her home kitchen. She joined the Kids Biz Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State College and the rest is history. Today her Buffalo based company, Zandra Beauty, works out of a compliant production and distribution facility and sells her impressive line of products online and in retail locations. Her brand is committed to sustainable practices with a priority on products that are gentle and sensitive to teen skin. Zandra, who believes all girls should be confident in their own skin…

Women Who Move the City Wednesday- Congrats Jody Galvin!

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…

Women Who Move the City Wednesday- Congrats Raziya Hill!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County is honored to celebrate Raziya Hill as this week’s Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree!  A native of Buffalo, Raziya is passionate about alleviating financial hardships experienced by families when needing to provide diaper and wipes on a consistent basis. To address this need, she is the Founder and Executive Director of Every Bottom Covered (EBC), a diaper bank that operates out of the Delavan Grider Community Center.  EBC provides diapers and wipes on a monthly basis at no cost to low-income families in the Western New York area. Since partnering with the Delavan Grider Community Center in May 2017, EBC has enrolled over 800 children, with new clients signing up daily! Additionally, Raziya has worked…

Women Who Move the City Wednesday- Congrats Emily Felmet!

Big Brothers Big Sisters is honored to celebrate Emily Felmet as this week’s Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree!  A Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters since July 2010, Emily has created an amazing friendship with her Little Sister Quinnshona. Emily and her Little Sister have enjoyed a wide range of activities and firsts over their years together. Emily has been a consistent influence providing support and general guidance on life for her Little Sister as she has grown from a child to high school student! In addition to her time as a Big Sister, Emily is also passionate about forwarding the agency’s mission. She has been a member of the agency’s Big Mirror and Women Who Move the City committees and currently…

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 News: Name Change & Move for Big Brothers Big Sisters

For Immediate Release Buffalo, N.Y. – The local mentoring agency known as Be-A-Friend Program, Inc. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County for the last 45+ years is growing and has changed its name to reflect the new service area approved by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA). The agency will now be known as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier. BBBSA has designated the Southern Tier service area to include Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. In recent years, the agency had expanded it services through partnerships with the Lewiston Porter School District and Seneca Nation. “We are excited to have the support of our National office as we expand to bring the nationally recognized mentoring programs of Big Brothers…