Big Brothers Big Sisters had a great past year! As we move forward into our new fiscal year we want to share some of our successes and highlight some of the changes made within our organization.
First and foremost, we have experienced new additions to our staff team within the last year. Randi Groff stepped into the role of Program Director at the beginning of the school year and took over all aspects of our site-based mentoring programs. Gwen Jones also joined the team to fill the role of Communications and Event Support and has helped develop our message in newsletters and on social media. Kathy Martin, a long-time employee has remained in her position as Enrollment and Match Support and is still committed to the success of this organization. We also went through a leadership change with Kelly Wade retiring and moving to our Board of Directors and myself, Heather Miller taking on the role of Executive Director. I am lucky to have joined such a strong team and we are all committed to the mission of our organization and all have a desire to make positive change here in our community!
Both our site-based and community programs are producing results that we find encouraging and that keep us all coming to work every day. We served 86 youth through our programs and found that over 88% of our littles experienced a change in their self-confidence. The littles who are being mentored are able to see themselves in a better light, giving them more hope for their future and help them perform better in school. Our volunteers also experience benefits from their mentoring relationship. One of our high school mentors said, “being a Big has made her more responsible, knowing that a child was depending on her to always be there. She also says that having her Little in her life made her feel like she was making a difference, and filling a gap in his life that nobody else could fill.”
We couldn’t do this work without the wonderful financial and community support that we receive each year from people like you! Through donations raised from our Big Party, Bowling for Kid’s Sake event and GLOATS we were able to serve our local youth and begin expanding our services to Gardiner. We’ve set the date for our next Big Party so we expect to see everyone on October 17th, 2015 at the Depot for dinner, dancing and a night of celebrating positive outcomes for youth! We want to give a “BIG” thank you to all individuals, Foundations, and businesses who have partnered with us this past year. You make it possible to keep serving our youth here in the community!
As we move forward into our next fiscal year, we will have more successes to share, more parties to throw and more youth to serve. We welcome your support, participation and ideas so feel free to call or stop by the office to get involved, meet the new staff and learn even more about our work.